Risk Criteria for the Risk-Based Siting of Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Explosive Facilities
DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY (SINGAPORE) ARMAMENT SYSTEMS
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Quantity Distance QD criteria has been used for the safe siting of military explosive facilities worldwide for decades the SAF has also adopted QD. In land scarce Singapore, there are occasionally situations where QD cannot be met. The consequences of deviating from QD need to be understood to facilitate risk management. Many nations have developed a risk-based approach and Quantitative Risk Assessment QRA models to better appreciate the risks. In 2005, with the permission of the U.S. DoD Explosives Safety Board DDESB, the Defence Science Technology Agency DSTA of Singapore acquired the Safety Assessment for Explosives Risk SAFER v3 software and training package to provide us with a riskbased explosives siting capability. A pertinent question arose What risk criteria is acceptable With reference to the Risk-Based Explosives Safety Criteria Team RBESCTs approach to develop DDESB risk criteria, DSTA researched into the various risk criteria for the siting of SAF explosive facilities. These include the industrial accident data and causes of fatalities in Singapore and regulatory standards adopted by various countries for explosive risk management. The data are displayed in a Risk Scale format for comparison between the various risk figures. This paper describes the work done and the proposed risk criteria for the risk-based siting of SAF explosive facilities.
- Safety Engineering
- Ammunition and Explosives