Risks from Handling Explosives in Ports
HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE MERSEYSIDE (UNITED KINGDOM) EXPLOSIVES
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The remit of the study, completed for the Health and Safety Commission under its Advisory Committee on Dangerous Substances, was to obtain best estimate values for the risks of moving Class 1 explosives through ports and to identify possible risk reduction measures. The technical objectives were a. to establish the types and quantities of explosives moved through ports and the populations at risk from such movements b. to establish what types of explosive accidents could occur in ports, what is the likelihood of those accidents and what would be their consequences c. to establish a methodology for the estimation of individual and societal risk from the explosives trade at individual ports and nationally d. to establish a framework for the assessment of possible risk reduction measures. THE STUDY Since there are 150 ports around Great Britain licensed to handle explosives, it was necessary to restrict the in-depth studies to a relatively few locations which taken together covered the range of different types of port concerned including size and location, infrastructure and method of moving explosives between ship and short, types of explosives handled, licence limits and volume of that trade. A rapid risk assessment technique was developed on the basis of the initial studies and then applied to the remainder of the explosives ports. In the event, five ports and one jetty were selected for the detailed study, each handling all types of Class 1 explosives.
- Safety Engineering
- Ammunition and Explosives
- Surface Transportation and Equipment