Safety Management in the Explosives Industry
HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE MERSEYSIDE (UNITED KINGDOM)
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Studies show that generally across industry human error is the cause in some 90 of incidents and that 70 of incidents could have been prevented by management action. They point to the crucial significance of a systematic approach to the management of health and safety, and the need to be aware of the human factor as a distinct element in that framework. Reference is made to the fundamental causes of the explosion at Peterborough, United Kingdom, in March 1989 to illustrate the way in which those pointers could equally apply in the explosives industry. A new Explosives Incidents Database Service EIDAS has been set up in the UK to promote the greater pooling and promulgation of information on explosives incidents. Modeled on the internationally recognized MHIDAS system that covers the more general major hazard incidents, the goal of EIDAS is to achieve an equivalent status and standing. The aims of EIDAS are as follows 1 To establish a management and control system for collecting and analyzing explosives incidents data, 2 To provide an efficient system for storing and distributing the data, 3 To provide a follow-up service to obtain more detailed information on occurrences as requested by the customer, and 4 To make the system readily available to a world-wide network to gain maximum utilization.
- Administration and Management
- Safety Engineering
- Ammunition and Explosives