Ammunition & Physical Stockpile, Safety & Security Management Course (PSSM)

Ammunition & Physical Stockpile, Safety & Security Management Course (PSSM)

To instruct students in the required knowledge, skills & attitude necessary to perform the duties & tasks of a ammunition management operator, so that you can conduct safe operational activities in accordance with the United Nations (UN) International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG’s) & International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) and the stipulations laid down by the individual National Mine Action Authority (NMAA).

Level of competency training meets IATG’s, must hold IMAS EOD L2 Certification to attend.

Included in the syllabus

  1. Introduction: The level of competency covers the knowledge base required to be able to recognise the threat posed to the protection, security and stockpile management, in any given circumstances and be able to carry out corrective measures by applying and adhering to safe, effective and efficient processes and procedures.
  2. Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites (UEMS): Learning the lessons of prior unplanned explosions at munitions sites globally, learning the fundamental lessons of why they took place and how to mitigate future incidents through safe and regulated procedures.
  3. Intro to Conventional Land Service Ammunition (CLSA): Refresher into conventional land service ammunition natures commonly stored in ammunition storage areas.
  4. Hazard Divisions: Develop knowledge in the United Nations (UN) Hazard Classification Codes and how they apply to the safe storage and stockpile management of ammunition.
  5. Compatibility Groups: Learning and understanding the different groups which are and are not compatible for storage in the same facility. Develop knowledge of Hazard Division / Compatibility labels on Ammunition Packages/Containers and how to interpret their meanings.
  6. Inside Quantity Distance (IQD)/ Outside Quantity Distance (OQD): Learning and calculating the regulatory safety distances both inside (i.e between neighbouring Explosive Store Houses/Magazines) and outside (i.e. between Explosive Store Houses/Magazines and structures or road /rail transportation outside of the Explosive Storage Facility perimeter).
  7. General Rules & Regulations: General International rule and regulation of ammunition storage.
  8. Magazine Types & Construction: Develop knowledge and understanding of the explosive effects on structures used in the storage of ammunition. Understand the protection afforded by structures in regards to Hazard Division. Develop a knowledge of the various types of buildings and design considerations of ammunition storage facilities.
  9. Calculating Storage Capacity: Learning the calculations for both safe storage and the volume required for storage of bulk stocks of ammunition.
  10. Field & Temporary Stores: To teach and practice students in quantity distances for field storage, and to inform students of quantity distance requirements for temporary storage.
  11. Fire Prevention: Understanding the implementation of fire safety regulations in ammunition storage facilities.
  12. Ammunition Storage Facility Site Visit: A visit to a regional permanent ammunition storage facility to observe the way in which ammunition is stored.
  13. Ammunition&PackageMarkings: LearningthetypicalmarkingsusedforbothAmmunitionPackag- ing and loose unpackaged ammunition including Lotting and Batching markings to assist in the identification, accounting, security and safe storage of ammunition.
  14. Movement of Ammunition: The rules and regulations for the safe transportation of ammunition. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the various methods of transporting ammunition safely and securely to accepted international standards.
  15. Security in Ammunition Storage: The rules and regulations for the security of ammunition storage facilities. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the physical security and protection of ammunition stockpile contained within an explosive storage facility.
  16. Ammunition Accounting: The accounting of ammunition within storage facilities. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the various control measures to be used in the management and control of explosive facilities providing safety and security of ammunition stockpiles stored within.
  17. Ammunition Storage Calculation: How to calculate safe storage of ammunition within storage facilities. Develop knowledge and understand for an effective system of ammunition inventory and accounting procedures to be used in the management of ammunition stockpiles.
  18. Electrical Installations in Ammunition Storage Facilities: Develop knowledge of specifications for electrical fitments and lightning protection to be used in Ammunition Storage Facilities”


Confirmatory Exercises, Assessments & Formal Tests

  • Exercises into the preparation of temporary ammunition storage sites.
  • Theoretical & Practical Examinations require a pass grade for successful completion and certification of the course.