The purpose of the Standards Setting Body for Explosives, Munitions & Search Occupations (SSB for EMSO) is to foster competence in the explosives industry through the commissioning and maintenance of nationally accredited standards and qualifications, in particular National Vocational Qualifications. A voluntary, freestanding committee, the SSB seeks to achieve consensus views on competence related matters through consultation with and between stakeholders. The SSB also works closely with a number of other bodies, including the Health & Safety Executive.Do you want to know what the SSSG is, then click on this link.  Read More.

The National Occupational Standards for Explosive Substances and Articles (ESA NOS) are available in a useful format, grouped by Key Roles, on the ISSEE website and in the ’official’ format on the NOS website.

The Key Roles covered by the ESA NOS are:

KR1 – Research, Design and Development

KR2 – Safety Management

KR3 – Test & Evaluation, and Trials

KR4 – Manufacture

KR5 – Maintenance

KR6 – Procurement

KR7 – Storage

KR8 – Movement

KR9 – Facilities

KR10 – Other applications (Entertainment, Blasting)

KR11 – Disposal

KR12 – Search & Clearance (EOD)

KR13 – General

Read a Series of articles about NOS, commissioned by Safex, written by Denise Clarke at the HSQ web news.