Spotlight on explosives

11 March 2019 | Ministries

Experts from 14 countries including the host Namibia will converge in Swakopmund for the 19th International Conference of Chief Inspectors of Explosives (ICCIE).

Safety and security minister major general (retired) Charles Namoloh will attend the event along with participants from different countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, Japan, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and USA.

The aim of the ICCIE conference is to provide safety and security benefits to the public and industry by promoting best practice in the field of explosives regulation.

It takes place at the Strand Hotel from 11 to 16 March and is held on a regular basis with the aim of increasing knowledge of working practices, technical developments and incidents in the explosives industry.

Participants exchange information on the behaviour of explosives with respect to testing, production, handling, storage and transportation aspects.

The conference also serves to establish networks for communicating information between members and encourages the development of a harmonised approach to standards and regulation development.

In addition it seeks to enhance the education and transfer of learning about explosives among members.

The CIE conference will be held in conjunction with the 25th Explosive Propellants and Pyrotechnics (EPP) Working Group meeting of the International Group of Experts on the Explosion Risks of Unstable Substances (IGUS).

The responsibility of the EPP working group includes explosive properties, general test methods and thermodynamic ratings, phenomenology of explosions, safety and regulatory aspects related to explosives, pyrotechnics and propellants.

IGUS was originally formed as a consultative group for OECD to advise the United Nations Committee of Experts on Transport of Dangerous Goods. The organisation still performs this role though it is no longer associated with OECD.

The aim of IGUS is to exchange information on the behaviour of unstable substances, with respect to production, handling, storage and transport.