Safety and security obligations

All corporate and partnership licence holders (but not individual licence holders) must have a safety management system (SMS) under the Explosives Regulation 2017.

However, the SMS isn't mandatory for an individual licence or permit holder who is a sole operator working under the licence or permit.

Your SMS must cover every activity you conduct under the licence and be based on a risk management approach. To make the SMS effective, you must document it, communicate it to all relevant people, implement it, enforce it and then regularly review it.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information on SMSs for mines, see the:

Security plans

All explosives licence and permit holders should have a security plan based on a risk assessment. The plan must cover all activities conducted under the licence or permit.

  • Use our template to help you conduct a security risk assessment and compile a security plan.

Your security plan should be appropriate to your circumstances. For example, a security plan for the seller of propellant powders from a shop wouldn't need the same detail as a security plan for a transporter of explosives or major explosives seller.

All security plans should cover the following principles:

  • Keep explosives secure at all times or under an appropriate person's control (i.e. someone with favourable security clearance, explosives competency and general conduct).
  • Implement a documented chain of custody as explosives pass from one licence holder to another (or their representative).
  • Ensure that explosives are always in the possession and control of either you or your authorised representative.
  • Be able to account for explosives accurately and quickly to assist in investigations of theft, loss or stock discrepancies.

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