NOTE: Supplemental instruction of the
Explosives Handling Personnel Qualification
and Certification Program by subordinate
commands is neither required nor desired.
The commanding officer or officer in charge of each
organization whose duties include handling explosive
devices appoints (in writing) an explosives handling personnel
qualification and certification board. The following personnel
are the minimum personnel included on the board:
A department head, designated as the board chairman
No less than one individual, E-6 or above/
civilian supervisor, who is certified to perform
the function or tasks under consideration
If seniority requirements cannot be met from within
the command, a waiver of personal seniority for the
board may be requested from the TYCOM, via the chain
The board chairman is not required to be certified.
However, the board chairman certifies other board
members. Because of the number of tasks and the num-
ber of explosives devices found in some commands,
board augmentation with personnel from other com-
mands is authorized and, in some instances, desirable.
CERTIFICATION BOARD RESPONSIBILITIES
Some of the responsibilities of the certification
board are discussed below.
The objective of the board is to ensure that
applicable personnel are certified to perform
those explosive devices work tasks required for
accomplishment of the command mission.
The board coordinates the unit personnel cer-
tification program, It ensures that administrative
procedures are established to ensure the
establishment and effectiveness of the program.
The board observes and evaluates the proficiency
of the personnel being nominated for
certification and makes recommendations
concerning certification nomination to the board
chairman. If a person nominated for certification
requires additional training and/or experience
before certification can be made, that persons
division officer or supervisor is notified.
The board reviews proposed formal courses of
instruction and makes appropriate recommendations.
The board reviews safety infractions concerning
explosive devices. It makes recommendations to
unit commanders concerning corrective actions.
If an explosive incident or accident is caused by a
persons failure to use or to adhere to the authorized
procedures, the persons certification is revoked.
IN SUCH A CASE, REVOCATION OF
CERTIFICATION IS MANDATORY!
If a person exhibits a flagrant disregard of safety
precautions, a reckless operation of explosive devices
handling equipment, or unreliability, that persons
certification must be removed
The certification levels and minimum qualifications
are given in OPNAVINST 8023.2.
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Describe the types
of ammunition stowage afloat. Identify the
types of stowage spaces afloat to include types
of magazines, magazine designations,
ammunition stowage requirements,
environmental control systems, sprinkler
systems and auxiliary equipment, and
magazine temperature requirements.
Stowing ammunition aboard ship presents problems
you wont find in other types of storage facilities. When
ships are undervay, they are subjected to random motion.
Ammunition is fastened in place firmly and securely
when it isnt being handled. Adequate ventilation is a
problem. Most ammunition stowage spaces are located
below the main deck. Normally, these areas require
extensive piping and venting to maintain proper
temperature control and to vent hazardous fumes.
Access to stowage spaces often requires specialized
equipment for moving ammunition quickly and
efficiently. Stowage spaces are located close to other
working spaces, which presents hazards to others on the
ship, especially if there were afire or explosion.
AMMUNITION STOWAGE SPACES
NAVSEASYSCOM develops and approves the
detailed specifications for construction of Navy ships
and individual ships blueprints. Ammunition stowage
spaces (magazines) for various types and classes of
ships are designated in these specification. Aircraft or
aircraft carriers ammunition stowage magazines are
also approved by NAVAIRSYSCOM.
Magazines are arranged so they are close to supply,
have the best available protection, and the most
favorable stowage conditions. Figure 11-3 shows the