1.3 Assimilate and evaluate the information on explosive substances and/or articles

Key Role
Research Design & Development

This standard comprises the following elements:

1. Identify sources and gather the information on explosive substances and/or articles.
2. Evaluate and present the information on explosive substances and/or articles.

This activity is likely to be undertaken by someone whose work role carries out Weapons, Ordnance, Munitions or Explosives work activities. This includes individuals working as senior research leaders working at strategic level with organizations outside their own.

Performance Criteria

1. Identify sources and gather the information on 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 identify the type and range of information to be examined, in line with the research specification
P3 identify accurately any sources that can provide the necessary information
P4 utilize your own professional network of contacts to generate information in line with the specification
P5 take action to generate contacts most likely to provide suitable information
P6 explain clearly the purpose of the enquiry to potential providers of
information whilst maintaining confidentiality
P7 identify and follow organizational procedures when accessing information
P8 identify any obstacles to the collection of information and take steps to deal with them
P9 ensure that the information you gather is accurate and up to date
P10 record the information and its source

Knowledge and Understanding

1. Identify sources and gather the information on 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 strategic and operational policies and objectives
K6 the different types of information and how to access them
K7 the action needed to generate contacts
K8 techniques for accessing and interrogating information
K9 the nature and extent of the research specification
K10 ethical and legal issues about the interrogation and use of information
K11 your own level of authority and that of others with whom you work
K12 the requirements of confidentiality

Scope and Range

1. Information sources: databases; from your own informal network; from
formal sources outside your own organization; published sources
2. Range of information: from your own specialism; from other specialisms
3. Obstacles: when information is not readily available; legal considerations;
4. Additional information: from sources already interrogated; from new sources
5. Presentations: within your organization; outside your organization; written
reports; group presentations
6. Evaluation techniques: quantitative; qualitative