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Explosives Safety Training

Legacy Training – Ammunition & Explosives (AE) Safety Training:

For over 25 years, we have provided quality Ammunition & Explosives (AE) Safety Training to more than 22,000 professionals in the aerospace & defense, government support contractor, and commercial market sectors. Our courses help keep people safe by augmenting your organizations safety program with broadly scoped material, including relevant exercises and case studies, presented by experienced instructors. We offer regularly scheduled classes in Huntsville, AL, or we can provide quotes for classes at your location. We can also provide quotes for developing custom or semi-custom courses if required.  

For additional information, scheduling, and quotes call the Training Coordinator at (256) 319-6233 or email Training@AmtecSolutionsGroup.com or contact us below.

Scheduled Classes for 2023

The following courses are scheduled to take place in Huntsville, Alabama during 2023 on the following dates:

Basic 200

(Tue-Wed)

Jan. 17-19

Feb. 21-23

Mar. 14-16

Apr. 18-20

May 16-18

June 20-22

July 18-20

Aug. 15-17

Sep. 19-21

Oct. 17-19

Nov. 14-16

Dec. 12-14

Advanced 400

(Tue-Fri)

Feb. 21-24

May 16-19

Aug. 15-18

Nov. 14-17

Contractor’s 600

(Tue-Thu)

Feb. 7-9

May 9-11

Aug. 8-10

Nov. 7-9

Refresher 900

(Fri)

Feb. 10

May 12

Aug. 11

Note: Additional training opportunities may be added as they are scheduled.

Training for a minimum of 5 can also be scheduled for you at other times in Huntsville, AL or at another location if desired.

 

Course Descriptions 

The following courses were developed to augment a company’s overall environment, health and safety (EHS) program training. Personnel who are involved in managing or handling ammunition or explosives would typically take the Basic 200, Advanced 400, or Contractor’s 600 course bi-annually and the one day Refresher 900 annually in between. Additional information can be found in the Ammunition & Explosives (AE) Safety Training Material / Focus section below the course descriptions.

The Basic 200 Series – Ammunition & Explosives (AE) Safety Training is a three (3) day (24 hour) class including core material on explosives safety and a review of essential safety requirements from regulations and other safety publications as indicated in the Training Materials / Focus section below. These commonly apply to personnel involved in ammunition and explosives (AE) operations, research and development, manufacturing, and testing. This Course includes core material on explosives safety that is foundational and therefore included in all our course offerings.

  • Characteristics of Explosives
  • Classification Systems and Hazard Divisions
  •  Fire and Chemical Hazard Symbols
  •  Transporting and Handling Explosives
  • Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment
  • Static Electricity & Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)
  • Explosive Effects
  • Storage Principles and Compatibility
  • Fire Protection at Explosives Facilities
  • Industrial Safety
  •  Material Handling Equipment
  • Standing Operating Procedures (SOP)
  • Operational Safety

The course also includes content focused on Range Operations, Ammunition / Weapon Systems, Rockets / Missiles, and Pyrotechnics / Propellants. Additional subjects covered include:

  • Munition Characteristics and Safety Precautions
  • Initiators
  • AE Storage, Site Requirements, Quantity – Distance (QD) Principles, Range Safety
  • Procedures and Precautions at Test and Assembly Areas
  • Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Ordinance (HERO)

The Advanced 400 Series – Ammunition & Explosives (AE) Safety Training is a four (4) day (32 hour) class expanding on the Basic 200 Series content.  It includes expanded presentations on the subjects below and additional practical applications, proven techniques, and mishap case studies with enhanced class participation / discussions. 

    • Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment

    • Basic Mishap Reporting
    • Successful Site Visits
    • Explosives Laboratory Safety
    • Requirements common to Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) Missions
    • Explosives Loading and Assembly Operations, Operations, and Supporting Tasks
    • Demolition Range Procedures, Precautions, and Recovery Operations

The Contractor 600 Series  – Ammunition & Explosives (AE) Safety Training is a three (3) day (24 hour) course that focuses on the requirements of DOD 4145.26, DOD Contractors’ Safety Manual for Ammunition & Explosives (DOD 4145.26). It includes relevant portions of the core explosives safety and Basic 200 Series content, but is organized to generally follow 4145.26. The course is primarily of interest to government service and/or support contractors with the DOD 4145.26 regulation as a requirement in their prime or subcontract. This course is designed for technicians, supervisors, managers, engineers, production personnel, inspectors, safety officials, and support personnel that are involved in development, production, weapon systems, and explosive components, devices, and material. It emphasizes contractor responsibilities and safety requirements in accordance with (IAW) the contractor’s safety manual, DOD 4145.26, and presents the material in that order.

The Refresher 900 Series – Ammunition & Explosives (AE) Safety Training is a one (1) day (8 hour) class reviewing the core explosives safety and Basic 200 Series content and/or Contractor 600 Series content while highlighting specific case studies, selected based on attendees for the particular class. This course is designed for safety programs that require biannual 3 or 5 day training with a 1 day refresher course in between, or for previous students who desire an annual refresher.

Ammunition & Explosives (AE) Safety Training Material / Focus

The information in our classes is primarily based on regulations that govern commercial and government organizations with personnel involved in AE operations who develop, process, assemble, disassemble, test, inspect, transport, store, dispose, or in some way handle or work in the presence of live explosive material, explosive systems, or explosive components. This includes AMC-R 385-100 (AMC Safety Manual), DA Pam 385-64 (Ammunition & Explosives Safety Manual), DOD 4145.26 (Contractors’ Safety Manual for Ammunition & Explosives), ATEC-R 385-1 (ATEC Safety Program), NAVSEA OP5 (Ammunition and Explosives Safety Ashore), AF-M 91-201 (Explosives Safety Standards), DOT CFR 49, OSHA CFR 29, and other safety publications as indicated in the class materials and references. Our class presentations, case studies, and references were developed to familiarize attendees with requirements common to most operations and to promote discussion of best practices during AE operations. The class descriptions give an overview of the material presented in each class. 

Organizations involved in AE operations typically require initial and regular refresher training with certificates of attendance as part of their overall employee health and safety plans. For instance, government and contract employee requirements in accordance with AMC-R 350-4, ATEC-R 385-1, NAVSEA OP5, AF-M 91-201, NASA STD 8719.12, DOE 440.1, DOD 4145.26, and other governing regulations. It is also recommended for commercial organizations, and their personnel, who are governed by similar regulations.  Our classes may be used to document refresher training for employees that work with energetic hazardous materials, as required by OSHA CFR 29 and DOT CFR 49. Our training supports these requirements by providing a certificate of completion for attending these courses.

Disclaimer: We work to make sure our materials are up to date with the current regulations but they can change frequently. So Amtec Solutions Group, Inc. makes no warranties, expressed or implied, to organizations or individuals who use this training program. Our classes are designed for personnel who develop, process, assemble, disassemble, test, inspect, transport, store, dispose, or in some way handle or work in the presence of live explosive material, explosive systems, or explosive components.  The instructional material emphasizes the explosives safety aspects of these AE operations, and is not intended to teach specific operational procedures or replace technical training. The classes are limited to presentation of materials and discussions in a classroom setting only. No actual explosives or “hands-on” training will ever be used in this setting. Each organizations safety officer is ultimately responsible for incorporating requirements from the relevant regulations that apply to their operations into their overall employee health and safety plan, and no training can replace this obligation.