1.11 Carry out investigations and analyse the information collected on explosive substances and/or articles

Key Role
Research Design & Development

This standard comprises the following elements:

1. Carry out investigations into explosive substances and/or articles
2. Analyse and evaluate research information on explosive substances and/or articles

This activity is likely to be undertaken by someone whose work role involves Weapons, Ordnance, Munitions or Explosives work activities. This includes people working as managers of research leaders, design managers and development managers.

Performance Criteria

1. Carry out investigations into explosive substances and/or articles
P1 work safely at all times, complying with health and safety, environmental and other relevant regulations, legislation and guidelines
P2 set up the investigation in line with the research plan
P3 manage relationships with interested parties in accordance with agreements made
P4 use methods, techniques and apparatus in line with the procedures
P5 document any unexpected outcomes or incidents as they occur
P6 report any delays or problems experienced to all interested parties and adjust the research plan
P7 pay attention to hazards and risks arising from the investigation and take steps to minimize them
P8 report your findings in the correct format
P9 maintain the requirements of confidentiality at all times

Knowledge and Understanding

1. Carry out investigations into explosive substances and/or articles
K1 the health, safety and environmental and other statutory legislation, regulations and safe working practices and procedures governing explosives and their implications for your area of work
K2 the relevance of personal protective equipment (PPE)
K3 the nature, characteristics, hazards and risks of the explosive substances and/or articles
K4 the actions to be taken in response to an unplanned event
K5 your organization’s operational policies and objectives
K6 the requirements of the research programme and plan
K7 the stakeholders and the nature of their interest
K8 project management techniques
K9 the availability and suitability of equipment
K10 the availability, strengths and limitation of the research team
K11 the deadline for each research task
K12 the significance and impact of any relationships or dependencies between research tasks
K13 problem solving techniques
K14 the possible courses of action open to you to minimize risks or hazards
K15 your own level of authority and that of others with whom you work
K16 reporting lines
K17 the requirements of confidentiality substances and/or articles

Scope and Range

1. Scope of the investigation: individually; collaboratively
2. Interested parties: team colleagues; other colleagues beyond your team;
3. Risks relating to: materials; equipment; services failure
4. Analytical and evaluation techniques: established; adapting established
5. Reporting results: in writing; verbally