Standing Operating Procedures for. Indicate the operation and nomenclature of the item that will be
worked such as "Care and Preservation of 155 mm HE, M107".
Operation No: Insert the numbered sequence in which this specific operation will be performed.
Bay No: Show bay, room, or cubicle number.
Operations. Indicate the title of the operation, such as pull apart complete round, defuze, assemble
cartridge case to projectile.
Explosive Limits. Indicate the number of units and pounds that have been determined to be necessary,
consistent with safe and efficient operation. When the complete explosive items are located in the
same bay, list the quantity and explosive weight limits for each.
Personnel Limits. When used in conjunction with established personnel limits, an operator is defined
as any individual who is present at a work station on a continuous basis. A transient is any individual
who is present at a work station on an intermittent basis.
All operations involving explosives will be analyzed with a view towards reducing personnel and
the quantity of explosives that could be subjected to an incident. A minimum number of personnel
will be exposed for a minimum time to the smallest quantity of explosives Consistent with safety
and efficiency. Operators as listed on Personnel Limit signs bear no relationship to the total
which are permitted to be exposed to a particular hazard.
Step No. Description of Operation, and Specific Instructions. The procedural details of work to be
performed will be listed under "Description" of operation in a numbered and logical sequence.
Description must be clear enough for the operator to finish the task in a safe and technically correct
manner. "Specific Instructions" applies to one specific step of an operation which has not been
included in the actual description of physical work performed. Items to be listed here include quality
checks, specific safety, equipment, or clothing required for specific safety precautions and the technical
instructions necessary to finish the task. Special instructions will be located opposite the steps in the
description of operation to which they apply. All specific instructions will be identified to indicate the
step referred to and the type of instructions: Safety (S); Operational (O); and Quality Checks (QC); or
any combination of the above.
Special Requirements. This space will include instructions which are required and apply to one
operation only, or to one particular step of an operation, and which normally do not apply to any other
operation. Instructions may concern safety, technical aspects of the operation, defect standards, or
equipment inspection requirements. Items covered under line J of the SOP need not be duplicated
under line K. Surveillance or quality control inspection requirements may be listed under Special
Requirements for each operation, or included as a separate operational page covering the surveillance
or quality control inspections.
Equipment, tools, gages, and supplies. This space will include production materials, equipment (both
standard APE and all locally fabricated equipment and nonstandard APE), specific hand tools, specific
safety equipment or any other items required on the line that are necessary for the mission
accomplishment. It is important that the term "approved type" is not used, such as "approved type"
safety shoes. Specific nomenclature will be used in all cases, such as conductive safety shoes, non-
sparking beryllium screw-driver.
The sixth and last element of the SOP is the preparation of the line layout. Although this is the last element in the
SOP, it is by no means the last element to be considered when drafting the SOP. In many cases, it will probably
be the first item that you would want to develop prior to drafting the SOP. In most cases, the initial line layout
will give you only the outline of the building, the location and number of bays or rooms.