4.3 Resolve explosives operational problems

Key Role

This standard comprises the following elements:

1 Identify explosives manufacturing problems.
2 Implement and evaluate the chosen solution.

This activity is likely to be undertaken by someone whose work role involves Weapons, Ordnance, Munitions or Explosives work activities. This includes those working as manufacturing managers.

Performance Criteria

1 Identify explosives manufacturing problems
P1 work safely at all times, complying with health and safety, environmental and other relevant regulations, legislation and guidelines
P2 confirm that the appropriate operating instructions are being used correctly
P3 confirm that the equipment being used is in a safe and functional condition
P4 confirm the integrity of the materials being used
P5 ensure that the specified operating parameters have been maintained
P6 identify the possible stage(s) in the process where the problem has occurred
P7 identify the likely cause(s) of the problem
P8 evaluate the likely impact of the problem
P9 identify the most appropriate solution to the problem
P10 report immediately any significant problems or abnormal events that require the attention of senior managers or specialists
P11 complete correctly the required documentation

Knowledge and Understanding

1 Identify explosives manufacturing problems
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 actions to be taken in response to an unplanned event
K4 work area hazards
K5 the required condition of the materials being used
K6 the characteristics and nature of the materials being processed
K7 the importance of the operating parameters
K8 the functions and uses of the different types of equipment used and how to confirm the status of the equipment
K9 the interaction between the materials and the equipment being used
K10 problem solving techniques
K11 the importance of an appropriate response to the situation
K12 the action to be taken to minimize loss and damage
K13 the importance of communication
K14 the documentation requirements

Scope and Range

1 Explosive environments: low negative consequence; high negative consequence
2 Problems relating to: safety; cost; quality; yield
3 Solutions relating to: safety; cost; quality; yield