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When  short  exposures  to  hazardous  airborne concentrations  may  occur When  certain  or  accidental  spills  may  occur Always make sure personnel observe the following safety   precautions: Wear ear protection when handling ordnance during firing exercises Wear  nonskid,  steel-toed  safety  shoes  when working with ordnance Clean their protective clothing after each use to remove   all   traces   of   contamination   before stowing  it Inspect clothing for damage, deterioration, or other defects before using it Reject  any  items  that  are  not  completely satisfactory When  working  with  ordnance  containing  white phosphorus,  make  sure  enough  emergency  equipment  is available  for  personnel  to  use. PROHIBITED ARTICLES IN HAZARDOUS  AREAS Personnel  working  with  explosives  or  in  areas where explosives are present must not wear certain clothing  articles.  They  also  must  not  wear  or  carry certain  prohibited  articles.  Some  of  the  prohibited articles are listed in the following paragraphs. Articles of Adornment Personnel may not wear articles of adornment, such as watches, rings, necklaces, chains, bracelets, earrings, neckties, and scarves, in the following situations: When  working  with  exposed  explosives  or  in areas  where  exposed  explosives  are  present When operating moving or rotating equipment When  physically  handling  material,  such  as  that involved in lifting or moving When working with equipment that could cause electric  shock When handling weapons with electric leads There  are  several  exceptions  to  the  above  list. Personnel  may  wear  articles  of  religious  adornment  if the  local  safety  office  approves.  Operators  of materials-handling  equipment  engaged  in  receipt, storage, and issue of material may be exempted at the discretion of the local safety office. Another exemption, if  approved  by  the  local  safety  office,  concerns personnel operating or testing electrical equipment that is  properly  grounded. Tools Personnel  must  use  authorized  tools  when  working on   explosives   or   in   an   explosives   area.   You,   as supervisor, should make periodic inspections to ensure compliance. Firearms Do not permit anyone carrying a firearm to enter any explosives area or building. The exceptions are couriers, assigned  security  personnel,  or  personnel  responding  to an  emergency. Matches and Lighters Unless  the  commanding  officer  gives  written authorization, do not permit matches, cigarette lighters, and  other  spark-producing  devices  in  explosives  areas. Food Personnel must not bring food to any area or eat, drink, or store food in any area in which the handling or storing of explosives or chemical agents occurs. ORDNANCE  HAZARDS  ASSOCIATED WITH FIRE AND HEAT Fire is a hazard to life and property, especially when ammunition and explosives are involved. Many of these materials are extremely sensitive to heat. They react at temperatures  much  lower  than  those  required  to  ignite ordinary wood, paper, or fabrics. Even indirect heat generated by a fire could start a reaction that could result in an explosion. The first and most important rule in operations  involving  ammunition  and  explosives  is  to keep them away from excessive heat! All  personnel  concerned  with  ammunition  and explosives must investigate the cause of fires. They must also recognize and follow good practices to prevent fires.  Personnel  concerned  with  ammunition  must thoroughly understand procedures for fighting and controlling fires involving explosive materials. Having a  well-trained  and  efficient  organization  responsible  for fire  safety  is  especially  important.  Personnel  concerned 9-6

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