DAOD 3002-3, Ammunition and Explosives Safety Program
Date of Issue: 2007-12-12
Application: This DAOD is a directive that applies to employees of the Department of National Defence ("DND employees") and an order that applies to officers and non-commissioned members of the Canadian Forces ("CF members").
Supersession: CFAO 66-6, Explosives Safety Program
Approval Authority: Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel) (ADM(Mat))
Enquiries: Director Ammunition and Explosives Regulation (DAER)
- Ammunition (munitions)
- Ammunition means a device charged with explosives, propellants, pyrotechnics, initiating composition, or nuclear, biological or chemical material, for use in military operations, and includes a non-charged or inert replica of such a device.
- Ammunition or Explosives Accident (accident de munition ou d’explosif)
- An ammunition or explosives accident means any undesired event involving the premature or unintended detonation or initiation of an ammunition or explosive that results in personal injury or death, or materiel losses.
- Ammunition or Explosives Incident (incident de munition ou d’explosif)
- An ammunition or explosives incident means any undesired event involving ammunition or explosive that could, but does not, result in personal injury or death, or material losses. This includes theft.
- Explosive (explosif)
- Explosive has the same meaning as in the Explosives Act.
Ammunition and Explosives Safety Program (AESP)
It is DND and CF policy to maintain an AESP that is consistent with the roles and objectives of the DND and the CF. DND and CF policy requires that all DND employees and CF members involved with or responsible for ammunition or explosives participate in and support the program.
The AESP is a functional concept combining occupational safety and accident prevention that extends over the training, operational and support activities of the DND and the CF.
The AESP shall be conducted in accordance with A-GG-040-006/AG-001, DND Explosives Safety Program.
Aim of the AESP
The aim of the AESP is to minimize:
- personal injury and death; and
- materiel losses.
Application of the AESP
The AESP applies to the complete life cycle of ammunition and explosives, and the full range of circumstances in which they are used, in particular:
- use of ammunition and explosives in sea and land operations;
- all air environment ammunition and explosives activities except flying operations;
- use of ammunition and explosives in basic and non-basic individual training and education (IT&E);
- research and development relating to ammunition and explosives;
- engineering tests and quality assurance of ammunition and explosives;
- transportation of ammunition and explosives; and
- supply and storage of ammunition and explosives.
Exclusions to the AESP
The AESP is associated with, but does not include, other specialized DND and CF safety, accident prevention and health-promotion programs, that operate within their assigned areas of responsibility, such as:
- Flight Safety for the CF;
- CF Mobile Support Equipment Safety Program;
- CF Fire Prevention Program;
- DND General Safety Program;
- DND Occupational Health Program;
- DND Nuclear Safety Program;
- Laser Safety Program;
- Diving Safety Program;
- Submarine Safety Program; and
- Radio Frequency Safety Program.
Responsibility for the AESP
Responsibility for ammunition and explosives safety is based on the chain of command. Persons in authority at each level of an organization, whether DND employees or CF members, may have ammunition and explosives safety responsibilities to fulfil. Those responsibilities may be planning, organizing, scheduling, controlling or performing tasks under the ambit of the AESP.
DAER, as manager of the AESP, is responsible for all aspects of the program. DAER also acts as the advocate for DND and CF ammunition and explosives safety.
Implementation of the AESP is the responsibility of commanders at all levels, in accordance with the Authorities Table of DAOD 3002-0. Specific responsibilities for persons involved with or responsible for ammunition or explosives, in any organization, are detailed in A-GG-040-006/AG-001, DND Explosives Safety Program.
DND employees and CF members who have ammunition and explosives safety responsibilities shall be accountable for any ammunition or explosives accident or incident that was determined to have been contributed to, or caused by, their failure to fulfil their responsibilities as set out in A-GG-040-006/AG-001.
The following table identifies the responsibilities associated with this DAOD:
|The...||is or are responsible for...|
commanders of operational and environmental commands
DND employees and CF members involved with or responsible for ammunition and explosives
- Explosives Act
- Explosives Regulations, Part XV
- DAOD 2007-0, Safety
- DAOD 3002-0, Ammunition and Explosives
- A-GG-040-006/AG-001, DND Explosives Safety Program
- C-09-153-001/TS-000, Ammunition and Explosives Safety - Volume 1 - Storage and Transportation
- DAOD 3002-1, Certification of Ammunition and Explosives
- DAOD 3002-2, Insensitive Munitions
- DAOD 3002-4, Ammunition or Explosives Accident, Incident, Defect or Malfunction Reporting
- DAOD 3002-5, Use of Firearms, Ammunitions and Explosives
- DAOD 8000-0, Explosive Ordnance Disposal
- National Defence Security Instructions
- C-09-153-003/TS-000, Explosives Safety Manual - Volume 3 - Ships