Requirements for the condition of explosives

As an importer or exporter or explosives, you must ensure that your management systems cover the following requirements for the condition of your explosives:

  • You must be reasonably satisfied the explosive is in a safe condition for transport.
  • For imports, a competent person with the authority to make decisions and give directions about the safety, security and rectification of the explosives must inspect the shipment to ensure that the shipment is safe and suitable before being offered for transport for the intended first journey.
  • The first journey provisions of the Australian Explosives Code allow transport for 5 days, so the load must be safe and suitable for the whole first journey.
  • You must use any equipment and other methods of detection that can identify safety and security issues for shipments, particularly inside sea shipping containers.
  • If your explosives are neither safe nor suitable for transport, you must either rectify them in a nominated secure area under the safety management system (if unsafe for any form of transport) or send them to the nearest government explosives reserve for de-stuffing, remediation and rectification (if safe under controlled conditions).
  • Examples of unsafe conditions may be
    • wet and collapsed packaging
    • damaged packaging
    • loose and spilt explosive compositions and articles
    • unlined shipping containers
    • nails or stuffing or dunnage penetrating or capable of penetrating explosives articles and compositions during handling and transport
    • poorly stacked pallets
    • defective and broken pallets
    • inadequate load security stowage and dunnage
    • unsuitable shipping container.