Risk Management Process for Ammunition & Explosives
DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE OTTAWA (ONTARIO) DIRECTORATE OF AMMUNITION AND EXPLOSIVES REGULATIONS
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This paper provides an outline of an overarching risk management process that can be tailored to selected portions of the life cycle of ammunition and explosives AE, including acquisition, in-service use, and disposal. The aim is to reduce the risk of an undesired event, thereby preserving personnel, materiel and infrastructure. The process is one that addresses required deviations from established minimum accepted levels of safety by identifying the risk analyzing it in terms of probability and consequence mitigating the dangerous activities having the proper authority accept and approve the risk and, ensuring that the risk is properly monitored. Of special interest is that aspect of the process that addresses ammunition aspects in deployed operations. The recent profile of deployed operations typically includes situations where the footprint of a camp is too small for safe storage according to accepted standards and is exacerbated by the requirement for large NEQs to be in that storage, usually in a state of high readiness for use and exposed to extremes of climate and undergoing a significant amount of handling. The situation is made worse by the exposure of personnel across a wide spectrum multi-national forces, contracted civilian personnel and the Host Nations public. From the operational perspective the materiel and infrastructure that are threatened by an undesired explosive event may also affect mission capability. The process that has been developed is one that is aimed at allowing the senior ammunition technical authority to compile and present a risk management case to the appropriate level of operational commander so that he understands the situation and provides authorization for the acceptance of the risk.
- Ammunition and Explosives