4.9 Supervise explosives processing

Key Role

This standard covers the competences you need to supervise explosives processing in accordance with approved procedures and practices.

You will be required to demonstrate that you can confirm that the correct operating instructions have been issued, organizing your own work and that of others effectively 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 those working as manufacturing supervisors.

Performance Criteria

P1 work safely at all times, complying with health and safety, environmental and other relevant regulations, legislation and guidelines
P2 confirm that the correct operating instructions have been issued
P3 organize your own work and that of others effectively
P4 confirm that the process is running within the process parameters
P5 confirm that all the equipment remains in a safe and functional condition
P6 confirm that any samples have been taken in accordance with the plan
P7 identify any deviations, and take action to restore normal operating conditions
P8 deal promptly with problems, reporting promptly any that are not within your authority
P9 ensure that the required documentation is correctly completed

Knowledge and Understanding

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 substance and/or article
K4 the actions to be taken in response to an unplanned event
K5 work area hazards
K6 the interaction between the materials and the equipment being used
K7 the compatibility mixing rules
K8 how to interpret and check operating parameters in the process
K9 the importance of correctly set controls
K10 how to adjust the process to meet the specified quality
K11 the importance of communication
K12 reporting lines
K13 the competences of team members
K14 how to handle equipment safely in ways that protect yourself and others from risk
K15 problem solving techniques
K16 sampling requirements
K17 the documentation requirements

Scope and Range

1 Explosive environment; low negative consequence; high negative consequence
2 Tasks: single operation; multiple operation
3 Process: by hand; by machine
4 Monitoring: visually; using equipment