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Show incompetence or unreliability by any other behavior You  should  recognize  that  ordnance  incidents  and mishaps can and do happen through accidental acts, carelessness,  and  minor  rule  infractions.  They  also happen through deliberate acts, negligence, and major rule  infractions.  With  the  commanding  officer’s approval, personnel with a revoked certification must be retrained  until  you  consider  them  requalified  and recertified.  However,  their  behavior  may  show  that retraining may not be effective. You should then assign them to other tasks not involving explosive devices. Revoking the certification of military personnel requires an entry in the proper portion of their individual service record. The entry must state the specific reason for the revocation. For  information  on  qualification  and  certification procedures,   you   should   consult   type   commander directives, enclosure 5 of OPNAVINST 8023.2C, and NAVSEAINST  8020.9A  for  naval  shore  activities. EXPLOSIVES MISHAP OR CONVENTIONAL   ORDNANCE DEFICIENCY  REPORTING PROCEDURES A significant potential for damage or injury exists in  mishaps  involving  explosives.  Therefore,  the requirements for reporting explosives mishaps are more extensive  than  those  for  reporting  other  types  of mishaps. To report those mishaps properly, you first need to understand the meaning of the following terms: Explosives  Mishap.  An  incident  or  accident involving    conventional    ordnance,    ammunition, explosives,  or  explosive  systems  and  devices  resulting in an unintentional detonation, firing, deflagration, burning, launching of ordnance material (including all ordnance impacting off range), leaking or spilling of propellant fuels and oxidizers, or release of a chemical agent. Even if an ordnance system works as designed, if human error contributed to an incident or accident resulting in damage, death, or injury, the event is an explosives  mishap. Explosive Material. A chemical, or a mixture of chemicals, that undergoes a rapid chemical change (with or  without  an  outside  supply  of  oxygen)  freeing  large quantities of energy in the form of blast, light, and hot gases.  Incendiary  materials  and  certain  fuels  and oxidizers that can be made to undergo a similar chemical change are also considered explosive materials. Conventional Ordnance Deficiency. A malfunc- tion,  observed  defect,  or  induced  defect  involving conventional  ordnance,  explosives,  ammunition, explosive systems, devices, or support and handling equipment used to handle, load, store, or transport ordnance. Chemical Agent. A chemical compound intended for use in military operations to kill, seriously injure, or incapacitate people through its chemical properties. Excluded  are  riot  control  agents,  chemical  herbicides, smoke and flames, pesticides, and industrial chemicals unrelated  to  chemical  warfare. REPORTABLE MISHAPS AND DEFICIENCIES When   you   report   explosives   mishaps   and conventional  ordnance  deficiencies,  use  the  format described  in  chapter  5  of  OPNAVINST  5102.1C, Mishap Investigation and Reporting; enclosure (7) of OPNAVINST 5100.21 B, Afloat Safety Program; and chapter 10 of OPNAVINST 8600.2A, Naval Airborne Weapons  Maintenance  Program  (NAWMP). Reportable  mishaps  and  deficiencies  include  incidents and  malfunctions  involving  non-nuclear  explosives, explosive ordnance, chemical agents, and explosive systems. Explosives  Mishaps The following describes events you should report as explosives  mishaps.  When  reporting  these  events,  use the  format  described  in  the  applicable  instruction  listed in the preceding paragraph: Detonation,  Deflagration,  Burning,  or  Firing.  An unintentional initiation, or explosion, or reaction of an explosive material, component, or system. Accidental discharge of all guns, including small arms. Inadvertent Launch. An unintentional launching of a weapon. Chemical  Agent  Release.  Any  intentional launching of a-weapon resulting in the following: Damage  to  property  from  contamination,  or costs  incurred  for  decontamination Physiological symptoms of agent exposure exhibited  by  individuals 9-10

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