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Departments and Agencies of the Department of Defense.
This handbook has been developed from selection of the best safety practices of the Naval
Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFACENGCOM), other Government agencies, and the
private sector. This handbook was prepared using, to the maximum extent feasible, national
professional society, association, and institute standards. Deviations from this criteria cannot be
made without prior approval of NAVFACENGCOM Criteria Office. This handbook is for
guidance only. This handbook cannot be cited as a requirement. If it is, the Contractor does not
have to comply.
Beneficial comments (recommendations, additions, deletions) and any pertinent data that may be
of use in improving this document should be addressed to: Commander, Attention NAVFAC
Criteria Office, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, 1510 Gilbert Street, Norfolk, VA 23511-
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