Clearance of explosive contamination


DEMINETEC Group: An experienced team specialized in Explosives clearance

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Explosives clearance is the actual mine disposal operation. DEMINETEC mine disposal experts have been performing these operations for over 30 years. Our experience and expertise allow us to work on all types of explosives (shells, bombs, rockets, etc.) while ensuring the safety and security of property and people. We work within a strict, regulated framework.

Our interventions are carried out following an explosive safety study that aims to precisely describe the operations we perform, the number of mine disposal teams sent out and their positions in the field.

Explosives clearance is carried out like an archeological dig, first with construction equipment and then with manual tools to uncover the detected objects, WITHOUT ANY HANDLING.

DEMINETEC bomb discovery

Approach and discovery of targets.

Mine disposal operations are sensitive operations.

They are a prerequisite for any intrusive operation to be performed on a terrain whose historical analysis and explosive contamination diagnostic have identified targets that are liable to be unexploded explosive ordnances (UXO) or explosive remnants of war (ERW).

DEMINETEC implements a series of explosive operations (described in the explosive safety study) that will be lead by the explosives clearance operator, from relocation of the potential target to it being uncovered through a mechanical and/or manual approach, depending on its depth.

As the main goal is to ensure the safety of property and people, the operations will be carried out with the utmost attention by mine disposal technicians who are trained and certified, supervised by an experienced site manager.

DEMINETEC is capable of providing the guarantees necessary as to the quality and security of these operations, perfectly compliant with regulatory requirements and project owner constraints.

DEMINETEC mine identification expertise

Identification - Expertise.

The phase following the approach and discovery is essential to ensure the quality and security of later operations.

It can be broken down into 2 sub-phases:

  • Identification of the explosive or non-explosive character of the object discovered: Is it an explosive ordnance or the remnants of an ordnance liable to contain explosives?

  • If it is a munition or remnant of a munition liable to contain explosives, precise identification of the object without movement by an experienced mine disposal expert.
  • These 2 phases are carried out by DEMINETEC personnel trained and qualified according to the measures from the French ministerial order dated 23 January 2006.

    DEMINETEC destruction or neutralization of the bomb

    Explosive Destruction - Neutralization.

    Once the explosives are identified, destruction or neutralization operations can be launched.

    Depending on the type of munitions, the environment, and the conclusions of the safety study, DEMINETEC will be able to carry out all neutralization and destruction operations on site or destruction in a furnace of one or more explosives.

    We will be able to ensure destruction in restricted circumstances (notably in an urban environment) by creating or adding compensatory measures to attenuate the effects of detonating several hundreds of kilograms of explosives.

    DEMINETEC Quality assurance and control

    Quality assurance and control.

    The key aspects of all explosives clearance projects are quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) of our operations in order to guarantee the security of operations to be carried out following mine disposal operations, as per our commitments.

    All operations carried out by DEMINETEC in diagnostics and explosives clearance are subject to internal quality control (and external control, if necessary) throughout the life of the project, by specially trained and designated personnel.

    Quality standards:

  • All DEMINETEC personnel are certified as per French Decree 2005-1325 and ministerial order of 23 January 2006.
  • Re-certification takes place each year for every employee.
  • The DEMINETEC management system has been certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 since 2020.
  • The best practice standards for protection of employees (occupational health and safety) have been certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 45001:2018 since 2020.
  • The DEMINETEC environmental management system has been certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001:2015 since 2021.
  • The DEMINETEC management system for occupational health and safety and the environment on industrial sites with high levels of risk has been certified by the independent body MASE since 2022.
  • Quality assurance:

  • DEMINETEC is able to ensure the quality of its operations during all phases of the worksite, from diagnostics to destruction of explosives.
  • This assurance of the quality of DEMINETEC operations is essential in order to meet the requirements of the project owner and guarantee the security of later operations.
  • DEMINETEC will detail in each of its offers, the minimum level of quality of operations that are to be carried out.
  • The following will notably be detailed for these major activity phases:

    • Explosive diagnostics:
      • - Precision of topographic data
      • - Number of measurements per second
      • - Sampling interval of measurements
      • - Data coverage
      • - Technological limits
    • Explosives clearance:
      • - Technological limits related to the detection devices
      • - Conformity or non-conformity of operations by size / depth / consistency of objects depending on each methodology
      • - Commitment to corrective action when faced with a non-conformity
    • Destruction / neutralization of munitions and explosive remnants of war:
      • - Checking there are no residual explosive products
      • - Quality assurance of prerequisite check prior to waste removal
      • - Commitment in the event of non-conformity

    Health and safety

    Health and safety are of the utmost importance in all mine disposal operations performed by DEMINETEC

    In particular, the following points are handled for each project:

  • Legislative standards are applied for all occupational health and safety questions.
  • Each project has a designated health and safety representative.
  • All personnel are specially trained for tasks they are to accomplish through a specialized office on each site.
  • Suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) is provided for each project, in compliance with safety requirements.
  • Collective protective equipment is provided and sized according to each worksite.
  • Essential safety equipment is provided specifically to face every dangerous situation.
  • Supervision

    DEMINETEC offers quality assurance audits of explosive diagnostic and clearance operations in order to guarantee the project owner that operations are compliant with the regulation in force and the proposals detailed in our technical memory.

      Audits include, but are not limited to the following activities:
    • Revision and evaluation of all relevant documentation covering the qualification and training of workers, quality and suitability of equipment with regards to the issue and the environment of the site in order to meet contractual and legislative requirements.

    • Examination and evaluation of the explosive safety study, operating procedures, post instructions and declarations for conformity with regulatory texts.

    • Examination of the project management structure to ensure it meets the management, administration and logistical needs of the project.

    • Examination and evaluation of the equipment proposed to determine its relevance.

    • Examination of maintenance /repair programs for equipment that is essential for safety.

    • Auditing of worksites to include the following subjects:
      • - Communications
      • - Evacuation procedures in case of accident (medical emergency)
      • - Safe work practices
      • - Explosive safety study (ESP) conformity with operating procedures and safety instructions
      • - Internal QA
      • - Daily documentation
      • - Drafting, compliance, and updating of procedures
      • - Structure of the final report / DOE

    DEMINETEC clearance certificate

    Clearance certificate

    Following each explosives clearance operation, DEMINETEC will produce an explosives clearance certificate.

    This certificate specifies the operations performed on the site. It shall notably detail:

    • The geographical limits (recorded in WGS84)
    • The depth of clearance in compliance with the commitments defined in the quality assurance process and the technological limits
    • Any reservations that have been reported and georeferenced
    • Results of the operations carried out
    • Quality control measures taken
    The certificate will be signed and dated by the site manager who performed the work and the legal representative of DEMINETEC.