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Through the UN SaferGuard programme, the UN works on improving whole-life management of ammunition, thus providing people more safety and more security.
- Working papers
- Chair’s paper
- Note by the Secretariat
The UN SaferGuard programme oversees the dissemination and application of International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG):
detailed standards to improve the safety and security of ammunition storage sites. IATG come at basic, intermediate and advanced levels.
Practical tools — all IATG-compliant — to assist in adequate ammunition management.
International Ammunition Technical Guidelines
Effective ammunition stockpile management needs a ‘whole-life management’ approach, ranging from categorization and accounting, to physical security, to surveillance, to recurrently assessing the stability and reliability of ammunition. The International
Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) form the foundation of the UN SaferGuard Programme. Users of these guidelines opt for basic, intermediate, or advanced level advice, making IATG guidance relevant for all situations.
Risk reduction checklist
Within the IATG, the tasks and activities necessary for safe, efficient and effective stockpile management equate to one of three risk levels. These are indicated within each IATG as either LEVEL 1, LEVEL 2 or LEVEL 3, dependent on the degree of complexity of each task or activity.
Determine the Risk Reduction Process Level(RRPL) for a stockpile by answering the questions below, then clicking on the “Estimate Risk” button at the bottom of the page.
Explosion Consequence Analysis
An Explosion Consequence Analysis (ECA) is a structured process, utilizing explosives science and explosives engineering, to provide scientific evidence of the potential hazard or risk to individuals and property from blast effects and fragmentation in the event of an undesirable explosive event.
Kingery-Bulmash Blast Parameter Calculator
Equations to estimate blast over-pressure at range have been developed by Charles Kingery and Gerald Bulmash. These equations are widely accepted as authoritative engineering predictions for determining free-field pressures and loads on structures. The equations in this calculator are based on data from explosive tests using charge weights from less than 1kg to over 400,000kg.
This calculator is based on the Kingery-Bulmash equations used to model a hemispheric, surface explosion, and should not be used for applications requiring the calculation of values for a spherical burst in the air.
Many States use rules based upon the explosives, their quantity, and the distance from the explosive to where people are at risk. These rules are known as Quantity-Distance (Q-D) criteria, and are based on the approach derived from the Hopkinson-Cranz Scaling Law, which is further amended by a range of coefficients. It is the basis of much of the work on the estimation of appropriate quantity and separation distances.