Workplace safety auditing doesn’t just ensure compliance with rules and regulations the various government regulations - it ensures that employees are kept healthy, injury-free and productive.
Safety auditing provides insurance underwriters, due diligence requirements and existing explosives, detonator, propellant and ordnance manufacturers and handlers with important safety information and strategic commercial risk management support.
Safety auditing manages risks in the energetics materials workplace and protects human capital, capital goods and maximizes productivity.
Benefits of External Safety Auditing
Although employees are most familiar with the layout and equipment used in their workplace, an independent viewpoint is important in order
to ensure a truly comprehensive assessment.
ExploConsult and specifically Bob Morhard has technical experiences over 40 years in explosives, initiators, propellants and pyrotechnics
in all areas of safety, formulation, manufacturing, processing, handling, storage, application and disposal. Bob has international experience
in 104 countries worldwide within more than 650 explosive, propellant and pyrotechnic manufacturing plants. Bob has provided design engineering, technology, permitting, construction, commissioning, operator training, process hazards analysis, operator training and start-up technical support for 70 emulsion explosive production facilities. 100% explosives safety record.
Independent safety auditing can thoroughly and systematically:
• Identify existing hazards explosives, detonator, propellant and ordnance operations
• Identify potential hazards - before they have the chance to become dangerous
• Help in developing risk reduction plans that can be practically implemented
• A Legal, Ethical and Financial Obligation
From a business perspective, safety auditing is a crucial business process. Identification of hazards and the resulting planning:
• Reduces legal risk - you can avoid the costs and penalties associated with non-compliance, or worse, the issues resulting
from the occurrence of an explosive’s accident
• Is ethical - as employers, there is a moral obligation to keep workers safe and healthy as far as is practicable
• Maintains productivity - injured or ill workers are unable to be productive, and the downtime associated with accidents
can be extremely costly
Bob Morhard is Qualified
Extensive training and experience with the US Department of Defense Contractors Safety Manual for Ammunition and Explosives (DOD 4145.26-M), US Department of Defense (DOD), US Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA), US Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), US Department of Transportation (DOT) and US Department of Energy (DOE) regulations and guidelines concerning explosives, propellant and pyrotechnic manufacture, handling and use.
I have served on many European and US explosives and regulatory committees since 1979. I am a member of the International Society of Explosives Engineers since 1981. Participant since 2002) of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee on Explosives (NFPA 495) and Safe Havens for Vehicles Containing Explosives (NFPA 498); the NFPA publishes standard and model
regulations, the basis for many countries explosives regulations including the USA.
US Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technicians are technicians are responsible for the identification, disarmament, handling
and disposal of US and foreign improvised explosive devices (IED), conventional, nuclear, biological and chemical munitions.
Extensive technical training in explosives: US Air Force and US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) School, US Army Missile Maintenance School, US Army Chemical and Biological Weapons Disposal School, US Air Force Nuclear Weapons Disposal School, US Navy Explosives Safety School, US Navy Propellant Manufacturing School, US Air Force Explosives Safety School and US Air Force Weapons Mechanic School (
US Air Force Tactical Air Command Educational Achievement Medal, US Air Force Presidential Unit Medal
Provided briefings and subject matter expertise on explosives to the US Department of Defense, US Army, US Navy, US Air force,
US agencies including the FBI, ATF, EPA, OSHA and TSA and Homeland Security.