MM3670, Lesson 3
This is the way to inspect and record item by item:
Item 23. Mixtures of material prohibited by DOT regs are not loaded onto this vehicle. This concerns
the compatibility of the ammunition. To check its compatibility, you must first know what
items have been loaded on the vehicle. Assume, for example, the vehicle is carrying small
arms ammunition and detonators (blasting caps). (Note: If there are more than 1,000
blasting caps, Explosives A placards are used.) Go to the extract of TARIFF No. BOE-6000,
para 177.848 (figure 3-2) and look up small arms ammunition and detonators. An X at an
intersection of horizontal and vertical columns shows articles that must not be loaded or
stored together. Detonators (horizontal column d) and small arms ammunition (vertical
column 4) are compatible, since there is no X at the point where the columns intersect. Put
SAT in the Origin column and go on with your inspection. If the load is not compatible, mark
item 23 UNSAT and notify the chief of surveillance. If the chief of surveillance determines
that the vehicle is hazardous to move due to incompatibility, this condition will be corrected
on the spot. If the chief of surveillance determines that the vehicle is not hazardous to
move, the vehicle will be returned to the storage section for correction. (Note: Bureau of
Explosives TARIFF No. BOE-6000 is always subject to change. If you compare the extracts
in this subcourse with the latest edition of TARIFF No. BOE-6000, you may find differences.
It is your responsibility when working with the BOE-6000 series on the job to make sure you
have the latest edition.)
Item 24. Check to see that the load is secure. The load should be blocked and braced so that it will
not shift while being transported. If the load is secured properly, print SAT in the Origin
Item 25. Check the distribution of the load. If the load is not distributed correctly, it must be reloaded.
If it is correct, print SAT in the Origin column.
Item 29. Now you must find out if the hazard placards used on the vehicle are the right ones and if
they are displayed in the right places. (Four placards are required: one on the front, one on
each side, and one on the tailgate or rear.) For this information, go to the extract of TARIFF
No. BOE-6000, para 172.504, table 1, in figure 3-3. Explosives A placards will be used for
any quantity of Class A explosives or combination of Class A and Class B explosives.
Explosives B placards will be used for any quantity of Class B explosives. (Remember,
Explosives A is used for the examples in this lesson.) If the placards are correct, enter the
type of placard used in the space following "Proper placards applied," and print SAT in the
Item 26. If you approve the loaded vehicle, have a fire- and water-resistant tarpaulin placed over the
ammunition to protect it during shipment. If the vehicle is a van or closed trailer, apply a
seal and record the seal number following "Seal(s) applied . . . open vehicle." Then print
SAT in the Origin column.