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Table 2-1. Weather and Time Factors for Disposal of Chemical Munitions
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TM-9-1300-277 Demilitarization/Disposal of Conventional Munitions Manual
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AMMUNITION AND EXPLOSIVES HANDLING cont'd
TM 9-1300-277
(2) Unnecessary personnel will be prohibited
NOTE
from visiting the operation.
Supervisory
personnel
should
(3) Where  it  is  essential  to  perform
become  thoroughly  familiar  with
concurrent operations in a single building, the layout will
Chapter 3 of this manual and TM 3-
be planned to separate dissimilar operations to prevent
240/FIELD BEHAVIOR OF CHEMICAL,
propagation of fire or explosion. Such operations shall
be protected by dividing walls, barricades, or other
AGENTS. This publication provides a
means to minimize personnel exposure.
complete discussion of the influence
(4) The maximum number of operators,
of weather on chemical agents.  In
supervisors, and visitors (casuals) permitted at any one
general, conditions suitable for the
time in the immediate working area, room, cubicle, or
disposal  of  toxic  munitions  are
building  containing  explosives  will  be  effectively
directly contrary to those conditions
publicized by conspicuously placed posters or placards.
prescribed for their most effective
c. Protection of personnel-In accordance with AR
use in combat operations.
385-32,
suitable
personal
protective
clothing,
equipment, and devices will be provided to protect
Disposal  operations  should  be
personnel against hazards inherent in specific jobs.
performed under weather conditions
2-6. AMMUNITION AND EXPLOSIVES HANDLING
where a lapse condition exists. If the
a. Ammunition and explosives will be handled
wind speed is 3 mph or less, it is
carefully. Bale hooks will not be used. Nails will not be
probable that the wind direction will
driven into shipping and storage containers containing
change  so  frequently  as  to  be
ammunition. Containers will not be tumbled, dropped,
unreliable.
dragged,  thrown,  rolled,  or  walked.
However,
2-5. PERSONNEL REQUIREMENTS
ammunition packaged in approved containers designed
a. All operations involving explosives will be
to permit dragging or towing may be so moved.
analyzed with a view toward reducing the number of
Unfuzed bombs equipped with shipping bands also may
personnel that could be subjected to an incident.
be rolled, if care is exercised. When it is necessary to lift
palletized munitions or folklifts, the proper use of slings
b. Personnel  limits-A  minimum  number  of
will be employed.
personnel will be exposed for a minimum time to the
smallest quantity of explosives consistent with safety
b. Conveyors and forklifts may be used, except
and efficiency. However, at least one additional person
where such use could cause initiation or create hazards.
should be available near the hazard area during
Sectionalized  roller  conveyors  used  to  move
explosives operations to give warning and assist in
ammunition will be substantially supported and the
rescue activities in the event of an accident.  The
sections interlocked or secured. Boxes of ammunition
following will apply in the establishment of personnel
will not be used to support conveyors.
limits:
c. Loose detonators, initiators, squibs, electrically
(1) Tasks not necessary to the explosives
actuated devices, blasting caps, and the like will not be
operation will be prohibited within the immediate vicinity
carried in pockets of clothing, in tool kits, etc.  Non
of the hazard.
propagating containers will be used to provide adequate
protect ion.
2-5

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