3.11 Manage the test of explosive substances and/or articles

Key Role
Test & Evaluation (trials)

This standard covers the competences you need to in manage the test of explosive substances and/or articles accordance with approved procedures and practices.

You will be required to demonstrate that you can review the conduct of the test and deliverables with the customer, delivering the objectives within budget and/or timescales in accordance with approved procedures and practices.

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 test and evaluation supervisors.

Performance Criteria

P1 work safely at all times, complying with health and safety, environmental and other relevant regulations, legislation and guidelines
P2 ensure that safe systems of work are in place
P3 approve and/or authorize test plans that are fit for purpose and meet the specified requirements
P4 review the conduct of the test and deliverables with the customer
P5 communicate the plan appropriately
P6 allocate responsibilities appropriately
P7 deliver the objectives within budget and/or timescale
P8 respond to developing events and priorities, in accordance with procedures
P9 obtain approval to amendments made to the test plan
P10 co-ordinate the activities of other resources
P11 segregate and dispose of the process residues and products in accordance with approved procedures
P12 ensure that the site is suitably remediated and the equipment recovered post-task
P13 give clear and accurate technical advice
P14 maintain the requirements of confidentiality at all times
P15 adhere to the relevant quality standards
P16 report your findings, in the correct format

Knowledge and Understanding

K1 the health, safety and environmental and other statutory legislation, regulations, 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 substance and/or article
K4 the test objectives
K5 the functioning of the item being tested
K6 how to assess hazards and mitigate risk
K7 how to adapt, design and validate test procedures
K8 the competences of the personnel involved
K9 the availability of resources and any constraints attached to them
K10 monitoring techniques relevant to the test
K11 the actions that may be appropriate in response to unplanned or developing events and imperatives
K12 who needs to be informed of the test plan and the nature of their interest
K13 how to consign residues and other products for disposal
K14 your own level of authority
K15 the relevant quality standards and compliance regime
K16 any confidentiality requirements
K17 the factors relevant to assuring quality

Scope and Range

1. Resources: full; limited; external
2. Maintaining the integrity of the process: quality assurance; test plan
3. Relationships: the customer; external organizations; your organization; the test team
4. Complexity: new tests; existing tests