Breakfast forum: The regulatory control of commercial explosives, Hong Kong

17 June, 2017 | 08:30 - 11:00

Ignorance of safety requirements, as well as complacency or negligence, can result in very serious incidents
Ignorance of safety requirements, as well as complacency or negligence, can result in very serious incidents

About this event

In Hong Kong, explosives are classified as Category 1 dangerous goods under the Dangerous Goods Ordinance (Cap 295) and the manufacture, transport, storage and use of explosives is controlled under the law. Although civil engineers may commonly associate commercial explosives with rock blasting, the term ‘explosives’ actually covers a wide range of articles, including fireworks, ammunition, distress flares, and safety and security devices. As dangerous goods, safety and increasingly the security of all types of explosives are of paramount concern. Ignorance of safety requirements, as well as complacency or negligence, can result in very serious incidents. The presentation aims to provide basic information relating to the regulatory control of explosives in Hong Kong, how the local regime fits in with international requirements on the classification, testing, transport and storage of explosives, and the lessons that can be learnt from controlled tests and accidents involving explosives.

Capacity: 80pax
Fee: Member: HKD 150 per person; Non-member: HKD 270 per person
Breakfast Buffet included from 8:15am -9:15am

Remarks:

*Priority will be given to ICE members.
*Upon receipt of payment, ICE will send confirmation e-mail to successful applicants.

Lorne K R Woodrow Chief Geotechnical Engineer/Mines Geotechnical Engineering Office, Civil Engineering and Development Department

Lorne Woodrow is the Chief Geotechnical Engineer in charge of Mines Division of the Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO), and the Superintendent of Mines. He joined GEO in 1993 and worked in various GEO divisions before moving to Mines Division in 2009. Mines Division’s principal role is to exercise the authority of the Commissioner of Mines in regulating the manufacture, storage, transport and use of explosives under the Dangerous Goods Ordinance and related sub-legislation. In this regard, Lorne has worked on many of the recent major blasting projects, principally tunnel excavation and site formation projects. He is responsible for, inter alia, managing the Government’s Explosives Officers and overseeing the operation of the two Government Explosives Depots, marine and road explosives delivery services, approving explosives for use in Hong Kong, and issuing licences and permits under the Dangerous Goods Ordinance. His background is in geotechnical engineering rather than specifically explosives, but through working in Mines Division for many years, he has built up his knowledge and expertise in the regulatory control of explosives. He was involved in updating and amending the Dangerous Goods (Application and Exemption) Regulation 2012 and is in the process of updating the Dangerous Goods (General) Regulations. He also represented GEO at the Chief Inspectors of Explosives Conferences in Salt Lake City, USA, in 2011 and in Bern, Switzerland, in 2016.

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