Vocational Qualifications for the UK Explosives Industry
HOMELAND SECURITY QUALIFICATIONS LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM)
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The possible consequences of a lack of competence when working with munitions or explosives can be devastating and the UK has long held concerns over these possibilities. So, the Standards Setting Body for Explosives, Munitions and Search Occupations SSB for EMSO was formed in 2000 in order to develop National Occupational Standards. In the autumn of 2003, the Defence Ordnance Safety Group DOSG of the Ministry of Defence MoD approached the SSB and asked for help in defining the competences known at the time in the MoD as Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives OME but which later became known as Explosive Substances and Articles ESA. Since the MoD ideally wished its personnel to and NationalScottish Vocational Qualifications NSVQs for those involved in munition clearance i.e., bomb disposal -- both EOD and IEDD and search activities. The standards would provide specific, objective, measurable and nationally agreed statements of competence that could be used in any part of the explosives industry -- military, civilian or private sector. These standards were launched in October 2003.
- Ammunition and Explosives