Assign personnel to guide ordnance through
scuttles or hatches. Install 1-inch pads on edges
Refrain from competing with other ordnance-
handling parties. Prohibit any other cargo-
handling operations during ordnance-handling
Post warning signs during ordnance-handling
operations, and hoist the BRAVO flag.
Keep ordnance-handling parties small.
Alert your immediate supervisor of the need for
explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) personnel
to remove defective or suspected ammunition
from the work area.
As a supervisor, you have no authority to waive or
alter NAVSEASYSCOM and other commands safety
regulations. You cannot permit anyone to deviate from
or violate these regulations.
Ordnance Handling Training of Subordinates
You now know what your duties as a supervisor are.
What are the duties of those personnel you train and
supervise? Operating personnel must read, understand,
and strictly follow all safety standards, requirements,
and precautions that apply to their work or duty.
Personnel working with hazardous munitions must
know that such substances are designed to explode and
are always dangerous. Make sure they are trained to
instantly respond to, or initiate, any warning signal. The
signal can be oral, visual, audible, or any combination
of these. Conduct training on a regular basis to ensure
all personnel are aware of the meaning and intent of all
warning signs, safety precautions, and instructions.
In addition, train your subordinates to take the
Immediately report to their supervisor any
condition, actions, or equipment or material they
Immediately warn other personnel when they
are in danger because of known hazards or by
their failure to obey safety precautions
Wear or use approved protective clothing or
equipment, as required
Immediately report to their supervisor any injury
or evidence of impaired health to themselves or
others occurring during work or duty
Warn others if an unforseen hazard occurs by
giving an audible warning; exercise reasonable
caution in such appropriate situations
Immediately report to their supervisor the
presence of unauthorized personnel in the area
Thoroughly wash hands after handling ordnance
Refrain from moving cracked, dented, de-
formed, corroded, or otherwise damaged
Avoid handling ordnance that is armed or on
which the safety device is off, unless directed
General Ordnance Precautions
The greatest danger from ordnance is explosion.
Because of built-in safety devices, ordnance requires
outside intervention to set it off unintentionally. Fire,
excessive heat, improper handling, or simple mis-
judgment or mistakes can cause a weapon to detonate.
The major safety factor in preventing an ordnance
catastrophe is having a well-experienced and knowl-
edgeable person in charge. He or she must identify and
correct potential safety hazards. A crew who knows and
understands the basics of ordnance safety and has a real
respect for ordnance hazards helps its supervisor. The
following is a list of general ordnance precautions that
you and your subordinates must follow:
Do not smoke or allow open flames near
Stop operations immediately if ordnance leaks
any material. Notify supervisors who will take
Use ordnance only for its designed purpose.
Make sure fire-fighting equipment is available
near ordnance operations.
Do not eat or drink near ordnance.
Know and understand decontamination
methods if handling chemical ordnance.
Get immediate first aid if fuels or oxidizers
splash on you.
Never enter a space where you suspect liquid
fuel leaks without having a gas free survey
Report all mishaps immediately.