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IExpE September Annual Conference

5th September 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm BST


Proposed Running Order

  • 10:00am – Registration & Coffee
  • 10:30am – 12:00pm – Martyn Sime
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch
  • 1:00pm – 2:30pm – Dave Welch & Katherine Lawrence

Explosives Licensing: An Unexpected Journey

Since 2012 HSE has undertaken a consolidation of explosives legislation, conducted a fundamental review of its approach to explosives licensing and has been modernising its approaches to gathering the information it needs to be able to grant or vary a licence. This presentation will look back on that journey from the perspective of a specialist explosives inspector, consider the key lessons learned for explosives licensing and look to identify some of the ‘wrinkles’ that can result in challenges to both applicants and regulators. By introducing the audience to the revised guidance that HSE’s inspectors will be following, the presentation will help people who are working across the UK explosives sector to submit better applications, understand how licences ensure risks around explosives sites are maintained at tolerable levels and identify the systems they need to have in place to be able to sustain compliance.

Presenter: Martyn Sime, HM Principal Inspector of Health and Safety (Explosives)

Safe Remediation of Explosive Hazards and Contamination from former Licensed Explosive Factory sites

The hazards involved in the manufacturing and processing of explosive articles are well known and understood by those involved in such activities. What is often less clearly understood is the scale of any long term contamination, particularly on sites operating since WWII or shortly thereafter, and the specific hazards which still exist. This is often considered as a secondary or low-level risk where a site continues to be operated as a licensed explosive site but when it is being sold or developed for other purposes the importance of a clear and sustainable strategy to deal with the remediation becomes a much higher priority. The need for early liaison with the regulator, along with a clear understanding of the scale of the issue is of huge importance to the success of the process and two recent large scale remediation projects have highlighted a number of key learning points and examples of how the legislation and guidance can be used to good effect. Ramora UK, who undertook the clearance work, and the Health and Safety Executive (Explosives Inspectorate) will present some of the key elements to be considered when undertaking such a project and outline some of the lessons.

Presenters: David Welch (Ramora UK) and Katherine Lawrence (HSE)

Limited parking available, to reserve parking please email Charlotte Penwright


5th September 2019
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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01785 594136


Ground Floor, Unit 1, Greyfriars Business Park, Frank Foley Way
Stafford,StaffordshireST16 2STUnited Kingdom
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