MAGAZINE STORAGE AREA SAFETY
Critical Task: 03.4012.01-0007
In this lesson you will learn to conduct, evaluate, or update the MSA safety plan for your unit. These actions
include the review or development of the MSA standing operating procedure (SOP) to ensure that all safety
considerations are addressed. The areas are fire safety, lightning protection systems, operational safety,
personnel safety, and MHE safety.
Terminal Learning Objective
Develop or evaluate an MSA safety plan.
You will have the information on MSA safety planning that is provided in this subcourse
booklet. You will work without supervision.
Evaluation of the MSA safety plan.
The material contained in this subcourse was derived from these publications. You do
not need these publications to complete this lesson.
The most important consideration in an MSA is safety. As an ammunition officer assigned to a newly established
MSA, you must be able to develop a sound MSA safety program. Personnel injury and property damage can
disrupt tactical operations and prevent the completion of a mission. The concern for safety of personnel and
property are paramount in Department of Defense and Department of the Army safety regulations. These
regulations are written to ensure that the destructive potential of ammunition is not unleashed prematurely, and
they prescribe universally applicable standards and practices. This information is addressed in the MSA SOP.
The SOP should include fire plans to include fire prevention, fire protection, fire fighting, ammunition storage area
lightning protection, operational safety, personnel safety, and MHE safety. The SOP should also address special
safety requirements for high explosives, chemical agents, and conventional ammunition items.