MSIAC is organizing a workshop to exploit an improved understanding of munitions vulnerability and consequences to deliver improvements in explosives and munitions risk management. The current management of explosives and munitions risks is a broad area covered by many policy documents. These documents are based on a combination of best practice and underpinning technical and scientific knowledge.
The workshop will bring together stakeholders from the Hazard Classification (HC), Insensitive Munitions (IM), and explosives storage safety communities to develop a coordinated and optimised approach to managing explosives and munitions risk. A secondary aim of the workshop is to initiate changes that will help realise the benefits of IM, particularly during transportation and storage to improve safety and help safeguard military capability in hazardous operating environments.
The workshop will seek to achieve the following goals:
- Develop improved methods for explosives and munitions risk management
- Exploit results from small- and full-scale testing
- Manage risk with sufficient detail and granularity
- Realize benefits of IM
- Efficiently manage munitions presenting greatest hazard
- Support the IM and HC harmonization initiative
- Identify how response descriptors can be introduced in HC testing
- Identify whether there’s a need for revised definition of Hazard Divisions (HD) and Storage (sub) Divisions (SsD)
- Recommend improved methods for explosives and munitions safety risk standards
- Ensuring they reflect the changing nature of the munitions stockpile
- Balancing complexity versus ease of user application
A preliminary workshop structure is presented in the figure below. A more detailed breakdown and time schedule will be made available closer to the workshop. The workshop will contain various plenary and parallel sessions to optimize the exchange of information.
The topics shown in the figure are described in the following white paper.