Date: Thu, 20 May 1999 17:08:39 -0600 
Through: Gary Cunningham, Vice President for Research 
From: Katrina Doolittle, Safety Director 

Subject: Mandatory Training for NMSU Employees Entering White Sands Missile Range 


All NMSU employees or students entering White Sands Missile Range must be trained to recognize the very real hazards present on one of the world's largest munitions impact areas. White Sands Missile Range has been used as an ordnance and explosives test facility since its inception as a proving ground in 1945. Many areas of the Range are known to be contaminated with unexploded ordnance. Quite a number of these munitions were designed to blend in with the terrain, and their presence may not be immediately obvious to the casual observer. 

Supervisors must ensure that every individual entering White Sands Missile Range is made aware of the very real threat posed by the presence of unexploded ordnance by requiring that they attend Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Safety Training before they are granted access to the Range outside the main post cantonment area. In addition, annual refresher briefing on UXO hazards is required for those personnel who have continued access to the Range. This UXO training and formal records including a UXO Hazards Card will be provided by the University Safety Office. 

Call 6-3327 to schedule a training session.