Useful resources including links, NOS, qualifications and awards.


A database of National Occupational Standards (NOS) related to homeland security and explosives industry qualifications.

ESA NOS: Explosives Substances and Articles National Occupational Standards, including key roles 1 through 13.

This database is intended to describe the uses of NationalOccupational Standards – in this case, those describing competence in working with Explosive Substances and/or Articles (ESA). It grew out of an awareness that:

The measurement and assurance of competence is the norm in modern professions. UK legislation and regulation increasingly require employers to demonstrate a commitment to quality and effectiveness of their workforces. Activities with perceived health and safety and public safety risks will be subject to…

The SQA provide products and services in skills, training and education which positively impact on individuals, organisations and society.

SQA’s functions are set out in the Education (Scotland) Act 1996 as amended by the Scottish Qualifications Act 2002.

The organisation has two main roles: accreditation, and awarding qualifications.

SQA Accreditation

accredits qualifications other than degrees approves, and quality assures awarding bodies that plan to enter people for these qualifications

Find out more about SQA Accreditation

SQA Awarding Body

devises and develops qualifications validates qualifications (makes sure they are well written and meet the needs of learners and tutors) reviews…

Encouraging Liaison and raising Explosives Industry Standards

ISSEE is a Company Member of the Institute of Explosive Engineers (IExpE).

IExpE aims be the organisation that establishes and oversees National Occupational Standards for the Explosives Industry and to provide a forum that enables and promotes consultation between individuals, professional private organisations, government departments and armed forces experts within the explosives industry. Providing structured and ongoing support for all members, IExpE was founded in 1974 to represent both individuals and companies using explosives as part of their work or trade.

ISSEE's training and accredited awards contribute to individual members evidence of Continued Professional Development (CPD).

MOD explosives regulations (DSA 03 - OME)

DSA 03 - OME: Ministry of Defence explosives regulations for the safe storage and processing of ordnance, munitions and explosives (OME):

The Explosives Regulations 2014

Explosives Regulations 2014. The new Explosives Regulations 2014 (ER 2014) came into force on 1 October 2014. Guidance relating to the security of explosives (HSE Circular 1/2005), and guidance on the placing of civil use explosives on the market (L66) was also withdrawn.

Explosives Health and Safety

Essential Explosives Health and Safety information and guidance from HSE for anyone involved in:

Manufacture and storage of explosives Classification of explosives including importation Storage of ammonium…

A handy list of industry terms and abbreviations

ammunition / munition a complete device charged with explosives, propellants, pyrotechnics, initiating composition, or nuclear, biological or chemical material for use in military operations, including demolitions. [AAP-6]

Note: In common usage, ‘munitions’ (plural) can be military weapons, ammunition and equipment.

Abandoned Explosive Ordnance (AXO)
Note: explosive ordnance that has not been used during an armed conflict, that has been left behind or dumped by a party to an armed conflict, and which is no longer under control of the party that left it behind or dumped it. Abandoned explosive ordnance may or may not have been primed, fuzed, armed…