12.10 Remove the threat of munitions

Key Role
Search & Clearance

This standard comprises the following elements:

1 Confirm the threat posed by munitions
2 Implement protective measures
3 Render safe or dispose of munitions

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 munition clearance supervisors.

Performance Criteria

1 Confirm the threat posed by munitions
P1 work safely at all times, complying with relevant health and safety, environmental and other regulations, legislation and guidelines
P2 achieve a positive identification of the munition type(s)
P3 establish objectively the status by the optimum means when possible to do so
P4 when it is not possible to achieve a positive identification, you must:
P4.1 assess the status of the munition when possible
P4.2 inspect and record sufficient details as to enable you to carry out further research
P4.3 obtain and analyse the information to enable you to achieve a positive identification where possible
P5 re-evaluate the threats posed by the munition in the light of the additional knowledge
P6 identify and report the threat posed by the item when it is beyond the scope of your expertise and the availability of resources
P7 record and report your findings in accordance with operational requirements and organizational procedures

Knowledge and Understanding

1 Confirm the threat posed by munitions
K1 the health, safety and environmental and other statutory legislation, regulations and safe working practices and procedures and their implications for your area of work
K2 the relevance of personal protective equipment (PPE)
K3 the actions to be taken in response to an unplanned event
K4 the importance of establishing the status of the munition
K5 the potential impact of changing operational tempos and priorities
K6 sources of information on munition types
K7 how to interpret the possible effect posed by the munition on the local scenario
K8 the responsibilities, capabilities and limitations of other agencies
K9 operational requirements and organizational procedures
K10 to whom to report threats posed by non-munition hazards

Scope and Range

Immediately identifiable munitions; those that require further investigation
Benign environments; hazardous environments
Suitably equipped; with limited resources
Different disposal methods: energetic; nonenergetic