Do not try to alter or change ordnance in any
Use only authorized equipment to perform any
operation on ordnance.
Electrically ground weapons during assembly,
disassembly, and check-out.
Use approved standard operating procedures
(SOPs) for all hazardous operations.
Suspend operations involving ordnance during
thunderstorms or high winds as directed by
GENERAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR
FREIGHT/WEAPONS ELEVATORS AND
When working around freight/weapons elevators
and ammunition hoists, observe the following safety
Always emphasize safety as well as following
safety procedures when using freight/weapons
elevators and ammunition hoists. Allow only
trained personnel to operate this equipment.
Ensure they know how to operate emergency
Inspect the elevators and hoists at least once each
week or after use. Look for loosened or damaged
parts. Tag the equipment OUT OF SERVICE
before beginning repairs, adjustments, or
inspections. Until repairs are complete, make
sure elevator doors remain locked or barricades
remain erected if they must remain open.
Place a placard or card in each elevator showing
its safe working load. You must never exceed the
safe working load.
Authorize personnel to use only those elevators
specified for passenger use. Elevators not
authorized for passenger use must carry a KEEP
OFF THIS ELEVATOR WHEN NOT IN
Close and secure all elevator doors or gates
before starting the elevator and when in use.
Keep hands away from motor-operated doors if
you are the operator. When you can manually
operate doors or gates, grasp only the handles
provided. Operators must never leave the
elevator-operating mechanism unprotected.
Remove the load from an elevator or hoist that
does not start. If the elevator or hoist still fails to
work, call maintenance personnel for help. Do
not jump off the elevator if it refuses to stop.
Safety devices and automatic terminal stops
should take care of an emergency.
Perform maintenance and testing of elevators
according to Naval Ships Technical Manual
(NSTM), chapter 700.
Use more than one person to move the elevator
when performing maintenance.
Use only elevators and hoists designated for
Secure covers on ammunition hoists when not in
u s e .
Make sure personnel do not ride in or on top of
ammunition hoists to perform maintenance of
Load heavy loads in the center of the platform.
Make sure the operator exercises extreme care in
handling such loads. While onloading or
offloading heavy loads, make sure the operator
checks to see that locking devices and safe
hoisting attachments are in place.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Personnel who handle ordnance must wear proper
personal protective equipment (PPE). his equipment
consists of garments and devices needed to protect
people from hazards inherent to the performance of
specific jobs. Do not mistake PPE with safe work attire,
such as short sleeves, cuffless trousers, or safety shoes.
PPE does nothing to reduce or eliminate a hazard, and
its failure means immediate exposure to the hazard. PPE
may become ineffective or misused without the wearer
knowing so, which is particularly serious.
You must provide personal protective clothing and
equipment and make sure personnel use them in the
When enclosing or isolating a process, or when
equipment is impractical
When making process-material substitutions
When providing ventilation
When using other control measures