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Chapter 9 - Explosives Safety
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Systems   Command   (NAVSEASYSCOM)   publications publish the standards for naval use and observance. Explosives Safety Studies Explosives safety studies, surveys, and reviews are conducted  as  part  of  the  Naval  Explosives  Safety Improvement Program (NESIP). The Chief of Naval Operations  (CNO)  established  this  element  of  the  safety program.  The  WSESRB  conducts  some  of  the  reviews, while the Navy Ammunition and Hazardous (AMHAZ) Materials-Handling  Review  Boards  conduct  others.  The Naval  Sea  Support  Center  detachments  conduct  detailed inspections. Explosives Safety Training Training  is  another  key  element  of  the  Naval Explosives Safety Program. You must make sure your personnel  follow  safe  operating  practices  and procedures. To do that, they must maintain a clear and practical understanding of mishap prevention. Make sure  the  personnel  involved  in  handling  or  transporting explosives  know  how  to  perform  their  work  safely  and quickly. Experienced commissioned officers or petty officers  train  shipboard  personnel  until  they  are competent  to  perform  their  work  under  less  direct supervision. We address training in more depth later in this  chapter. Explosives Safety Inspections One element required of all levels of command is the  establishment  and  continuation  of  a  positive explosives safety inspection program. This program, too, must be present at all levels of command. Explosives  Mishap  Investigations and Reporting Procedures The  final  element  of  the  Naval  Explosives  Safety program  is  the  use  of  explosives  mishap  investigation and  reporting  procedures.  The  gathering  of  information concerning  mishaps,  incidents,  and  material  safety  is basic to any safety program. Such information helps you to develop organized steps needed to prevent further mishaps.   We   discuss   investigation   and   reporting procedures later in this chapter. ORGANIZATION  AND  GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES  OF  THE  NAVAL EXPLOSIVES  SAFETY  PROGRAM The   Naval   Explosives   Safety   Program   is   an important part of the primary program areas (shore, surface, aviation, and submarine and diving). It extends into  several  support  areas  of  the  Naval  Occupational Safety and Health (NAVOSH) Program. It applies to all personnel, civilian and military, in any Department of the Navy duty assignment in which explosives are, or may be, present. The   CNO   exercises   general   supervision   and command  authority  for  the  application  of  technical guidance. Within the Office of the CNO, the Deputy Chief  of  Naval  Operations  (DCNO)  (Logistics,  N4) supervises U.S. Navy explosives safety matters. The DCNO  exercises  the  authority  of  the  Secretary  of  the Navy for waiver of explosives safety requirements. The DCNO coordinates with the Commandant of the Marine Corps the explosives safety policies, programs, and guidance  that  mutually  affect  Navy  and  Marine  forces. NAVSEASYSCOM sets up and issues technical standards and criteria and provides technical help to the Department  of  the  Navy.  NAVSEASYSCOM  also furnishes technical advice and evaluations to the CNO when  operational  requirements  conflict  with  technical requirements.    NAVSEASYSCOM    directs    and coordinates  all  technical  offices  concerning  explosives safety  and  prepares  data  as  needed  to  analyze  program effectiveness.   This   command   also   provides   the necessary   technical   advice   and   guidance   for development of training programs. These programs set up a level of competence within the Department of the Navy that ensures the success of the Naval Explosives Safety  Program. The following is a list of commanders who have assigned  respomibilities  under  the  supervision  of  the CNO (N4): Commander,  Naval  Air  Systems  Command Commander,  Naval  Electronic  Systems Command Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command Commander,  Naval  Facilities  Engineering Command The Commander, Naval Safety Center (COMNAV- SAFECEN),  provides  support  to  the  CNO  (N4)  in  the 9-2

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