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CHAPTER 9 EXPLOSIVES SAFETY This chapter will acquaint you with basic explosives safety precautions. All activities involved with ordnance have experts trained in the areas of ordnance usage, stowage,  handling,  disposal,  and  transportation.  As  a safety supervisor, you must know about ordnance safety. It will be up to you to reduce hazards and to help prevent mishaps. In this chapter we briefly discuss the following topics: Purpose and elements of the Naval Explosives Safety  Program Organization and general responsibilities of the Naval Explosives Safety Program The  safety  supervisor’s  ordnance  safety requirements  and  responsibilities General  safety  precautions  for  freight/weapons elevators  and  ammunition  hoists Personal  protective  equipment Protective  clothing  worn  during  ordnance handling Prohibited articles in hazardous areas Ordnance hazards associated with fire and heat Qualification/certification  criteria  and  proce- dures Definitions  and  terms  associated  with  explosives mishap   reports Reportable  mishaps  or  deficiencies Investigation  and  reporting  responsibilities THE NAVAL EXPLOSIVES SAFETY PROGRAM Preventing  the  premature,  unintentional,  or unauthorized  discharge  of  explosives  and  devices containing explosives is what explosives safety is all about. It involves a decrease in the effects of explosions, combustion, and toxicity. It includes all mechanical, chemical,  biological,  and  electrical  hazards  associated with  explosives  and  hazards  of  electromagnetic radiation to explosive ordnance. In addition, explosives safety  includes  equipment  or  systems  in  which malfunction  would  hazard  the  safe  handling, maintenance, storage, transfer, release, delivery, or firing  of  explosives. The Weapons Systems Explosives Safety Review Board  (WSESRB)  reviews  the  explosives  safety  of weapons   or   explosives   systems.   It   makes   safety recommendations   to   the   proper   naval   systems commander  or  project  manager  responsible  for  the system or material under review. This board, headed by a representative of the Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command   (COMNAVSEASYSCOM),   consists   of representatives  from  appropriate  systems  commands and  other  commands  as  necessary. The  Department  of  Defense  Explosives  Safety Board  (DDESB)  sets  up  explosives  safety  standards  for Department  of  Defense  (DOD)  personnel.  It  advises  the Secretary  of  Defense  and  each  DOD  component  on hazardous conditions associated with the handling, transportation,   and   storage   of   explosives   and ammunition.  This  board  consists  of  one  colonel  or captain  (O-6,  or  senior)  from  each  military  department. An officer or a person of equivalent seniority chairs the board.  That  position  rotates  among  the  departments. Liaison  officers  and  a  permanent  secretariat  of  senior civilian explosives safety engineers from each of the military  departments  provide  technical  support  to  the board. PURPOSE AND ELEMENTS OF THE NAVAL EXPLOSIVES SAFETY PROGRAM The   purpose   of   the   Naval   Explosives   Safety Program  is  to  ensure  safety  and  enhance  operational readiness. The program uses several elements to reduce, to a minimum, the chance of injury, loss of life, and property   damage. Explosives Safety Standards Explosives  safety  standards  are  an  essential  element of  the  Naval  Explosives  Safety  Program.  The  DDESB sets  explosives  safety  standards  and  periodically coordinates their revision. These standards guide DOD components  in  avoiding  the  hazardous  conditions connected  with  explosives.  Appropriate  Naval  Sea 9-1

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