Lesson 4/Learning Event 1
The layout of storage facilities is an important factor in determining the
efficiency and security of the storage operation. Therefore, each unit will
require certain storage facilities to protect, secure, and handle supplies
essential to its operation. A supply room is always necessary for storing
supplies and for controlling the issue of supplies.
An arms room is
required to store weapons, and a toolroom or auxiliary storage room is
needed for storing miscellaneous supplies, such as tools, expendables, and
A building away from the maintenance building is
necessary for storing paint if it is kept on hand in the unit.
A toolroom or auxiliary storage room may be used for storing tools and other
items that should be placed under lock and key.
For safety, flammable scrap materials must be stored in open storage areas.
Working materials, such as paint, excelsior, and rags, when not properly
stored, present an extreme fire hazard. Therefore, these materials should
be stored in receptacles which are fireproof, sparkproof, and properly
marked to identify their usage.
provided for all discarded oily waste, rags, excelsior, or mechanic's
Provisions of local SOPs should also be considered when
establishing safety procedures.
When supplies are scored, theft and pilferage are a problem. Supplies can
be stolen in large quantities (theft) and in small quantities (pilferage).
Some of the most desirable items are clothing, foodstuffs, and small tools.
Items such as small tools and clothing are considered "sensitive" items;
they must be kept under continuous surveillance. Constant inspections and
lock-and-key security are the best protection against theft.
Protection against weather damage is important when caring for supplies.
Determine whether the item should be stored in a temperature- and humidity-
controlled warehouse, a storage warehouse, a shed, or an open storage area.
Supplies stored in the open must be protected from adverse weather