2100 SECOND STREET SW
United States Coast Guard
WASHINGTON DC 20593-0001
Staff Symbol: G-MTH
COMMANDANT INSTRUCTION 5420.32
Subj: STANDARDS PROGRAM FOR MARINE SAFETY, SECURITY AND
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PROGRAMS
PURPOSE. This Instruction establishes policy and guidance
for development and use of national and international standards in implementation of the
Office of Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection Standards Program.
ACTION. Commandant G-M, District Commanders, Commanding Officers of Marine Safety
Offices, Captains of the Port, Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection and Commanding
Officer, Marine Safety Center shall ensure compliance with the provisions of this instruction.
POLICY STATEMENT. The Office of Marine Safety, Security, and Environmental
Protection (G-M) is committed to developing national and international recognized standards
as a means to improve maritime safety and marine environmental protection, and to promote
an internationally competitive U.S. maritime industry.
OMB circular A-119 was issued in 1982 requiring government agencies to use
voluntary consensus standards. That circular specifically recognized the existing and
long standing proactive role the Coast Guard has taken. Subsequent to A-119,
Commandant (G-M) issued Instruction 16703.1, "Regulatory Project Planning" which
provided guidance on self-certification, and identified* eight
NOTE: * Taken from "Regulating with Common sense: A Progress Report on Innovation
Regulating Techniques. " U.S. Regulatory Council; October, 1980.