Family groups are explosive
devices with similar characteristics.
Handling. Applies to those individuals who engage
in the break out, lifting, or repositioning of explosive
devices in order to facilitate storage/stowage, assembly/
disassembly, load/download, or transporting.
Individual signature. Signature of person being
certified. Signing acknowledges certification level and
work task code for the explosive device/family;
therefore, a signature is required for each line entry.
Load/download. Applies to procedures contained
in the load/download section of the loading manual/
checklist for that particular explosive device.
Magazine inspections. Applies to the close viewing
and critical appraisal of existing conditions within
ship/station magazines or ready service magazines/
lockers, using standards established by NAVSEA OP 4
and OP 5.
Recertification may be accom-
plished using the space provided. One the individual
being recertified and the board chairman signs and dates
the form, certification is valid for 1 year.
Applies to those individuals
whose responsibilities involve storage/stowage of
explosive devices. (See OP 2165, volume 1.)
Validation date. Date certification is effective.
EXPLOSIVES HANDLING PERSONNEL
QUALIFICATION AND CERTIFICATION
The Explosives Handling Personnel Qualification
and Certification Program sets guidelines for weapons
certification. This program is independent from all
other maintenance programs. The Explosives
Handling Personnel Qualification and Certification
Program is applicable to all personnel (both military
and civilian, including contractors) in the Naval
Establishment whose duties require evolutions or tasks
involving explosive devices.
NOTE: All explosives, ammunition, weapons,
and devices using conventional explosives,
pyrotechnics, or incendiary material for their
operation are included in the general term
All operators of power-operated handling equip-
ment, such as hoists, winching cranes, or forklifts, that
are used in handling explosive devices must be certified
and licensed to handle the particular piece of equipment.
Personnel Who Require Individual
If a persons duties (including explosive ordnance
disposal [EOD] personnel involved in non-EOD duties)
require him/her to individually inspect (including the
duty of safety observer), prepare, adjust, arm, or dearm
explosive devices, he/she must be qualified and certified
for such tasks. Personnel who conduct magazine
inspections, maintenance on aircraft safety and survival
equipment, or perform any other function that involves
explosive devices must be included in this program.
The supervisor of explosive operations and members of
the command-appointed certification board (except the
chairman) must be individually certified for the
evolution that they may supervise or observe.
Personnel Who Require Team Qualification
A person must be team certified and qualified or
individually qualified to perform any of the following
duties as a team member: packing, unpacking,
assembling/disassembling, testing, fuzing, loading/
downloading, or arming/dearming. When team
operations are involved, the team leader must be
designated and must be certified and qualified. Any
change in team personnel must be kept to a minimum.
Shipboard gun, missile crews, and air wing integrated
arm/dearm crews are considered teams for the purpose
of qualification and certification. Requalification or
recertification of a team after any personnel change is
at the discretion of the commanding officer. At times,
contractor personnel perform functions within the scope
of the Explosives Handling Personnel Qualification and
Certification Program at naval activities. The
contractor must provide the commanding officer or
officer in charge with the documentation to prove that
personnel are qualified and certified before performing
any duties that come under the program. All contracts
that deal with explosives and explosive operations come
under the purview of OPNAVINST 8023.2.
Initial Board Member Certification
One major problem of the initial certification of
personnel is to ensure that persons who perform
qualification evaluations are themselves qualified.
Occasionally, it is necessary to initially certify personnel
to perform a particular explosive-related job if no
certification board is currently established. Com-
manders should ensure the intent of this program when
they select certification board qualifying observers.
The department head (or equivalent supervisor)
reviews personnel for initial certification by screening