DAOD 3002-7, Ammunition and Explosives Risk Management

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Definitions
  3. Operating Principles
  4. Consequences
  5. Responsibilities
  6. References

1. Introduction

Date of Issue: 2016-08-24

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 Armed Forces (CAF members).


Approval Authorities:

Enquiries: Director Ammunition and Explosives Regulation (DAER)

2. Definitions

ammunition (munition)

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. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 15923)

ammunition salvage (matériel récupéré de munitions)

Any non-explosive ammunition accessory or component, including fired cartridge cases and links, recovered from the firing point or during explosives workshop operations.

Note – Ammunition salvage may contain energetic residue, but does not include packaging. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 27485)

ammunition technical authority (autorité technique en matière de munitions)

A person appointed by the relevant commander or manager to provide technical advice on and oversight of activities involving ammunition and explosives. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 47913)

due diligence (diligence raisonnable)

The reasonable standard of care for the environment and for the health and safety of others that individuals shall exercise in the course of their actions and duties. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 43051)

explosive (explosif)

Any thing that is made, manufactured or used to produce an explosion or a detonation or pyrotechnic effect, and includes any thing prescribed to be an explosive by the regulations, but does not include gases, organic peroxides or any thing prescribed not to be an explosive by the regulations. (Section 2 of the Explosives Act)

munition scrap (débris de munitions)

All recoverable solid by-products, including empty projectile remnants, fragments and pieces of fuse, resulting from the normal functioning of ammunition and explosives, other than those generated at the firing point.

Note – Munition scrap may contain energetic residue. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 48038)

3. Operating Principles

Risk Management Framework and Process

3.1 The DND and the CAF must operate an ammunition and explosives (A&E) risk management framework and process that take into account not just the consequences of an undesired event but also the probability of its occurrence. The framework and process are outlined in C-09-005-001/TS-000, Ammunition and Explosives Safety Manual, Volume 1, Program Management and Life Cycle Safety, and include:

3.2 This DAOD does not apply to the use of approved A&E in training conducted under range and field safety directives issued under the authority of the Commander, Canadian Army.


3.3 Except for the specific activities noted in the Authorized Exceptions to Prohibitions block in DAOD 3002-5, Use of Firearms, Ammunitions and Explosives, it is prohibited for any DND employee or CAF member to:

Due Diligence

3.4 As a minimum, due diligence requires that DND employees and CAF members who use or are responsible for A&E:

3.5 The DND and the CAF must:

4. Consequences

Consequences of Non-Compliance

4.1 Non-compliance with this DAOD may have consequences for both the DND and the CAF as institutions, and for DND employees and CAF members as individuals. Suspected non-compliance may be investigated. The nature and severity of the consequences resulting from actual non-compliance will be commensurate with the circumstances of the non-compliance. Consequences of non-compliance may include one or more of the following:

Note – In respect of the compliance of DND employees, see the Treasury Board Framework for the Management of Compliance for additional information.

5. Responsibilities

Table of Responsibilities

5.1 The following table identifies the responsibilities associated with this DAOD:

The ... is or are responsible for...
ADM (Infrastructure and Environment)
  • providing direction and advice on the environmental impact of the transport, storage, use and disposal of A&E; and
  • implementing policies and directives for the monitoring and clean-up of:
    – legacy sites (former training areas that have been
    closed or disposed of by the DND); and
    – current training areas.
commanders of commands and formations, and commanding officers and superintendents of units
  • complying with the risk tracking requirements in paragraph 27 of Section 2 of Part 3 of C-09-005-001/TS-000 in respect of any A&E activity with a very high, high, significant or medium risk level; and
  • monitoring A&E activities with a low risk level.
  • developing and issuing a DND and CAF A&E risk management framework and process;
  • monitoring all approved A&E risk activities, except those with a low risk level;
  • providing technical review of any A&E activity with a very high or high risk level;
  • reporting all AERASCs annually to the DM and CDS; andnotifying the DM, CDS and Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel) of any non-compliance with this DAOD.
ammunition technical authority
  • providing advice to their DND manager or commander on the identification of risk and risk levels, using the AERASC risk management process in C-09-005-001/TS-000;
  • developing and managing, on behalf of their DND manager or commander, an A&E safety program designed for the specific circumstances of their organization; and
  • providing their DND manager or commander with timely and accurate advice on A&E matters, including related environmental issues.

6. References

Acts, Regulations, Central Agency Policies and Policy DAOD

Other References

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