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AFMAN 91-201

2017 Edition, March 21, 2017

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Explosives Safety Standards

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Product Details:

  • Revision: 2017 Edition, March 21, 2017
  • Published Date: March 21, 2017
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: US Air Force (AF)
  • Page Count: 474
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

Description / Abstract:

The provisions of this Manual apply: 

Whenever any explosives, propellant, or similar Hazard Class 1 energetic materials or other ammunition items in Classes 2 through 9 are present on Air Forceowned or leased facilities (except as allowed in paragraph, or are in the custody and control of Air Force civilian or military personnel (see paragraph 

Whenever United States (US)-titled AE are in the custody of Air Force civilian or military personnel, or Air Force contractors (except as allowed in paragraph 

At Air Force-owned and contractor-operated facilities, as specified by contract, the Procuring Contract Officer (PCO) will ensure explosives safety requirements and procedures for compliance with current DoD and Air Force guidance must be clearly specified in the contract. (T-0). The contracting officer provides appropriate portions of DoD 4145.26-M, DoD Contractor’s Safety Manual for Ammunition and Explosives to the contractor. Weapons safety personnel from the organization responsible for the contract will advise the contractor on DoD and Air Force explosives safety standards specified in the contract. (T-0). In the event explosive safety requirements are not specified in a contract, apply the provisions of DoD 4145.26-M. 

When DoD AE are located in overseas areas, comply with US AE safety standards to the extent consistent with appropriate international agreements and/or arrangements with the host country concerned. (T-0). Ensure host-nation officials receive appropriate notification of explosives-related activities. (T-1). When DoD AE are located in overseas areas, comply with US AE safety standards except when compliance with more restrictive local standards is made mandatory by an appropriate international agreement. (T-1). When such ammunition is not in US custody, comply with US standards to the extent consistent with agreements or arrangements with the host country concerned. (T-1). If Air Force civilian or military personnel occupy leased bases within North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries, also apply the safety distances in Allied Ammunition Storage and Transport Publication (AASTP)-1, Manual of NATO Safety Principles for the Storage of Military Ammunition and Explosives, to exposures outside the base boundary and NATO criteria to host-nation exposed sites (ES) within the base. (T-0). 

To Air Force personnel and facilities exposed by any other potential explosion site (PES), whether it is DoD, host-nation, or commercial AE, Commanders will ensure that US personnel and US-titled munitions are accorded the quantity-distance (QD) separation standards required by the Air Force and by DoD, even at foreign locations. (T- 1). U.S. units will document their adherence to these standards by showing that US ESs are located at the required separation distances from host-nation PESs. US ESs will be licensed according to Chapter 14, and host-nation PESs identified in ESPs. (T-1). The identification of host-nation PESs does not constitute “siting” because the US does not authorize AE for host-nation facilities not under US control. If a violation of Air Force or DoD QD criteria to US targets is possible based on this analysis, obtain a waiver or exemption as outlined in Section 1B. (T-0) If correction of the problem is beyond US capabilities, notify the host-nation Commander by letter from the waiver or exemption approval level. (T-0) Attach to this letter enough information to convey the location, nature and extent of the potential explosives hazards. While other countries are not obligated to follow US rules, it may be helpful to explain to host-nations that US QD standards are enforced on US installations, and are based on testing, experience, and scientific analysis.