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10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Do not try to alter or change ordnance in any way. 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 local regulations. GENERAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR FREIGHT/WEAPONS  ELEVATORS  AND AMMUNITION  HOISTS When working around freight/weapons elevators and ammunition hoists, observe the following safety precautions: 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 devices. 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 OPERATION  sign. 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. 9-5 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 ammunition. 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 any type. 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 following  situations: When  enclosing  or  isolating  a  process,  or  when equipment  is  impractical When  making  process-material  substitutions When  providing  ventilation When using other control measures

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