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SAFEX Newsletters

Through its Newsletters, SAFEX networks not only with the SAFEX Community but also with any organisation or invdividual that shares its commitment to improve the health, safety, security and environmental (HSSE) performance of the explosives industry worldwide.

Newsletters issued before 2013 are in the Newsletter Archive and can be accessed by clicking 

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SAFEX Newsletter No.67, 4th Qtr 2018

Another year has quickly passed and we find ourselves at the end of the season, which permits some time to reflect on how the year was for SAFEX and its membership. It would seem that we are starting to see the realization of the benefits for member companies to use the e-Learning platforms. In speaking to the Secretary General, Dr. Piet Halliday, a week ago and when asked what was the biggest thing he saw changing through the year, this was his response:

“The e-Learning modules have really taken off for a significant number of member companies. In particular, Austin Powder, Davey-Bickford/ENAEX, EPC and Maxam”.

This is partially due to the number of modules available, the increasing number of languages that they are offered in and a recent change in the access fee charged by the organization.

We have seen a significant increase in requests for licenses and usage and at the end of the day, this is a great way to disseminate knowledge throughout the industry and within companies. It is interesting to note that the largest companies in our industry have not seen their employees request access to the modules, perhaps this will change in the coming year.

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SAFEX Newsletter No.66, 3rd Qtr 2018

2018 is already on a downwards slope to December and the year end. The seasons are changing, the climate is changing, business is changing, are we as an industry adapting fast enough to ensure a safe future for the next generation/s. Are we developing new products and processes that changes the whole safety environment in a much more positive manner? Our industry is historically a very conservative one in adopting anything “new”. Electronic detonators were developed in the late 1980’s and  only really made headway as a technology over the last decade and a half. Cutting edge technologies are being developed, is our industry ready to look at applications like 3D printing, printed electronics, printed pyrotechnics, cutting edge primary and secondary explosives etc, to replace historical processes and products. These are potentially safer and more environmentally friendly technologies. Is our industry prepared to invest capital to develop a new world of commercial explosives ?

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SAFEX Newsletter No.65, 2nd Qtr 2018

“The Safety of the People shall be the Highest Law”  Marcus Tullius Cicero-Roman ,Statesman
This is what we as an industry strive for and attempt to achieve as our main goal. SAFEX International was created out of this by a number of industry leaders 62 years ago ,with the objective to assist in a global safety drive by all the explosives companies. From this relatively small beginning where the organization assisted in safety related information sharing, across borders and cultures, SAFEX has grown to an organization assisting the Industry over a broad base.

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SAFEX Newsletter No.64, 1st Qtr 2018

This is the 64th edition of the SAFEX Newsletter and at 4 issues a year we have been going for 16 years, which is quite an  achievement. Over the last few years we have seen a serious reduction in interest from members to contribute to the Newsletter. I thank the few stalwarts we can always rely on to give you something of quality to increase learning in the industry. During 2017 we ran a survey to assess interest in the Newsletters and the companies came out strongly in favor of 4 issues, with the majority voting to keep the content as is. Unfortunately, this Newsletter is only as good and strong as your contributions and that is contrary to the outcome of the survey. Please assist the team that puts the Newsletter together-it is hard work and without your support becomes even more difficult. SAFEX would like to continue with the current setup but might be forced by circumstance to change the approach in future. Please take note of this within your companies, I am convinced there is a lot to share within the whole industry.

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SAFEX Newsletter No.63, 4th Qtr 2017

Another year, full of good and bad events has rushed by. I hope that the past year was filled with events we could learn from and make the coming year the best ever from a Safety, Health and Environmental perspective in our industry. During the last year SAFEX has actively participated in various industry organization’s events that have similar goals to us like the ISEE , IME , EFEE ,IGUS and NIXT .Experiences and learnings were shared that will hopefully assist the industry on various levels to remain the best industry on the Globe.

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SAFEX Newsletter No.62, 3rd Qtr 2017

The year is rushing past and we are on the downhill side of 2017. Although the business environment has eased somewhat the industry is still taking strain in some areas.In this Newsletter we continue with the “Did you know that..“series and also start a new feature in which readers supply photos of good and bad practices to ensure the lessons learn ’t are shared in the industry.

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SAFEX Newsletter No.61, 2nd Qtr 2017

In this issue of the Newsletter there is a comprehensive report back on the Helsinki Congress .The regular articles on Safety Managemet sytems and “Did you know “ are also continued .All this is supported by articles from our industry.

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SAFEX Newsletter No.60, 1st Qtr 2017

We are already a quarter way through 2017 when Newsletter 60 will see the light! Arrangements for the Congress in Helsinki are progressing well and 198 participants from 36 countries are expected for the Plenary Sessions. The Training Session is fully booked and the Explosives Transport and Emulsion Workgroups are oversubscribed- an exciting position to be in. I look forward to seeing you at the Congress.

At the recent Board of Governor’s meeting it was decided to revitalise the Newsletter. To this extent, a Survey Monkey review was issued and I thank you for your inputs-this will be used to review the strategic future of the Newsletter. The Board also put together a team to review the shape and content of articles. The Convenor of the team is Noel Hsu with members Andy Begg and myself. We hope this will assist in giving the industry continued useful inputs and learning on SHE and Security issues. In the current Newsletter, you will already see the focus changing toward safety focussed articles.

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SAFEX Newsletter No.59, 4th Qtr 2016

The content of the letter from our Chairman, John Rathbun, is of critical importance to SAFEX and the safe future of our industry. As John rightly said there were 13 Incident reports in 2016 of which 3 recorded fatalities. Most of these were probably preventable through learning and sharing of Incident Reports and Notices -the latter an obligation you agreed to when you signed up as a member. I urge you to submit the final reports – we have less than 5% being submitted to SAFEX.

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SAFEX Newsletter No.58, 3rd Qtr 2016

Three quarters through the year and another change in Season is approaching. The Southern Hemisphere is approaching Summer and the North Winter-changes constant in the lifecycle of man and we are used to it. Change out there, however, isn’t constant, and life, technology and business as we knew it is changing at an ever rapid pace. The industry moved from NG to water based explosives over the period of 160 years, computers moved from vacuum tube systems to the smart phones in less than half that time. What changes does the industry anticipate in the next few years? What can be developed to make explosive rock breaking more safe and effective .3D printing offers a vast potential in printing of many materials-what about explosives and detonators? How can the cost of production be driven down using energetic printing techniques whilst maintaining a high safety culture at all times? All these questions will be answered over the next 10 years for those prepared to risk innovation and hold SHE dear to their organisations.

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SAFEX Newsletter No.57, 2nd Qtr 2016

We are half way through 2016! What have we achieved or not achieved in these six months? The global economy remains under pressure, and the explosives industry is straining under the impact of low commodity prices. Big mining companies are restructuring and rebalancing their asset base-it is a period of instability for the work force as redundancies affect the whole of the industry. Losing key employees will eventually impact on safety. Train-ing and retraining to build up experience bases takes a long time and im-pacts on productivity, safety and quality. A judicious approach to the re-balancing of the employee structure is thus required...

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SAFEX Newsletter No.56, 1st Qtr 2016

We are already at the end of the first quarter of 2016! The depressed commodity prices globally have put the mining industry and suppliers under severe pressure. In a lot of countries companies are battening down the hatches, reviewing cost structures and business models. The industry is taking strain, but should be ever wary of any potential impact of change on their safety systems. Now is the time to be very alert and not allow safety gremlins to creep into operations-lack of basic safety principles could be the cause of the ruin of a company. The cost of any event is prohibitively high and the potential effect on the whole industry is not insignificant. I thus call on all Safety Practitioners and Managers to ensure that attention to detail, training and safety audits receive priority attention. It is here where SAFEX can play a role to assist, through our eLearning Portal, the Basis of Safety Module greatly enhances the knowledge base of managers and supervisors. The Expert Panel, of which details are available on the website...

To download a copy of this issue of the Newsletter, click here.

SAFEX Newsletter No.55, 4th Qtr 2015

In this edition of the Newsletter we commence with our Chairman, John Rathbun’s, traditional annual message to the industry.

Richard Turcotte reports back on the IGUS Meeting hosted  very successfully in Canada. Delegates from 50 countries attended this important meeting.

The Safety Snippet in this edition is supplied by Brian Allison, an Expert Panel Member. He highlights the learning on PETN plant design from old incidents.

News from the Second Meeting of the UN SaferGuard Technical Review Board and the UN SaferGuard Strategic Coordination Group for the development and implementation of the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) 18-19 November 2015 is supplied by Hans Wallin. A follow up article on this subject will be published in the next Newsletter.

The series of articles on the educational framework in the European Union was concluded in the last Newsletter. In the current issue an article by Prof Heinz Schenk and Andreas de Beer gives background and describes the explosives training regime in South Africa.

The shipping of explosive samples is always a difficult issue to handle. Jack Shaver submitted an article in an attempt give guidance and clarify potential issues.

Ellina Kharatyan provided an article on the development of an underground pumpable emulsion that exhibits enhanced safety and security properties.

To download a copy of this issue of the Newsletter, click here.

SAFEX Newsletter No.54, 3rd Qtr 2015

At the change of season in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, we re-alise that not only does nature change, but so does the global economy and with it the explosives industry . Change brings with it stress, which could have an influence on operational safety. Should the focus on this most criti-cal part of our industry be reduced, the potential for catastrophic incidents increases. It is thus important to reemphasise that safety in all areas is para-mount to a successful explosives business. The role SAFEX plays in your oper-ation is most important to share learning, assist with safety networking and training ,but we can only be as effective as the support you give us to play this important role in our industry . Your input into making SAFEX Interna-tional an effective partner in your Safety Team is the highest value a safety conscious global organisation can obtain . Thus I ask for your support, com-munication and timely incident notifications going forward...

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SAFEX Newsletter No.53, 2nd Qtr 2015

In this Newsletter the Safety Statistics of the participating members are compared against that of similar industries .A historical document from 1983 is submitted on AN fires to elicit some industry discussion around these potentially catastrophic events . Members are also reminded that the Basis of Safety Module on the SAFEX eLearning Portal is now available for widespread use .For those new in the industry an article on the historical development of explosives is included , starting at 220BC and stretching into the what might be required in years to come. To download a copy of this issue of the Newsletter, click here.

SAFEX Newsletter No.52, 1st Qtr 2015

This is the first Newsletter under management of the new Secretary General, Dr Piet Halliday and an appeal in his note was made to supply incident notices as they happen to support the industry drive to safety. The new Board of Governors is introduced with a writeup on Dawie Mynhardt from South Africa. A new section on incident recall under the leadership of Andy Begg has commenced, in an attempt to extract learning that could prevent similar ocurrences happening. To download a copy of this issue of the Newsletter, click here.

SAFEX Newsletter No.51, 4th Qtr 2014 

SAFEX Chairman, John Rathbun, starst this edition with his New Year message. The "QRA Corner" column does an interesting comparison regarding the probability of fatality using QRA and the American Table of Distances (ATD). In the "Putting Science to Work" feature, there is a caveat to the article on the safety rotary gear pumps pubished in the previous edition. 

Hopefully this edition of the Newsletter has something of interest for you. To download a copy of this issue of the Newsletter, click here.

SAFEX Newsletter No.50, 3rd Qtr 2014 

As promised, we give our new SAFEX Chairman, John Rathbun, an opportunity to outline his expectations for his term of office in this edition of our Newsletter. In the "Putting Science to Work" feature, our colleagues from CanmetCERL provide us with an interesting article on the safety testing of a rotary gear pump with unsensitised bulk emulsions. Debris hazards evaluation is the stimulating topic in the "QRA Corner" column and makes for interesting reading. We hope you will find something of value in this edition of the Newsletter.    

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SAFEX Newsletter No.49, 2nd Qtr 2014 

This edition of our Newsletter provides readers with some feedback from the recent XVIII SAFEX Congress which was held in Warsaw, Poland. The second instalment in our new column, Under Lock and Key, gives a historical overview to the abuse of conventional explosives in the preparation of Improvised Explosives Devices (IED's). We hope to provide more articles in this series in future editions as a demonstration of SAFEX's commitment to explosives security.  

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SAFEX Newsletter No.48, 1st Qtr 2014 

Besides our regular features, we introduce a new column in this Newsletter called Under Lock & Key with an inntroductory article by JIEDAC of the UK MoD. This column is a furhter indication of SAFEX's commitment to enhance explosives security and prevent conventional explosives from falling into unauthorised hands. Our Eco-Talk feature describes how a member company has remediated a magazine containing obsolete primary explosives. This project used the responses from other SAFEX members to a request for information.  

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SAFEX Newsletter No.47, 4th Qtr 2013 

In addition to the other regular features, Geoff Downs, Chief Inspector of Explosives, Queensland, Australia continues his series in our Regulatory World feature with an article on Investigation of incidents. Our Eco-Talk feature is fortunate to publish an outline of the Dyno Nobel approach to eco-efficiencies in explosives manufacture by Clare Luehman, the Incitec Pivot General Manager, Global Sustainability. 

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SAFEX Newsletter No.46, 3rd Qtr 2013 

In this edition of the Newsletter we are pleased to feature another article by the Canadian Explosives Research Laboratory (CERL) of Natural Resources Canada in our "Putting Science to Work" column. In addition to our other regular features, readers may also be interested in the outline of the Risk Control Hierarchy used by Geoff Downs, Chief Inspector of Exposives, Queensland, Australia.

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SAFEX Newsletter No.45, 2nd Qtr 2013 

This issue also announces the first SAFEX interim event to be held between Congresses. It takes the form of an Emulsion Class organised by the Emulsion Explosives Workgroup. You will want to bring this Class to the attention of anyone involved in the Emulsion supply chain. Participation in the Class is limited to 30 participants..

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SAFEX Newsletter No.44, 1st Qtr 2013 

The first of a series of articles by Denise Clark explaining the UK’s National Occupational Standards (NOS’s) for Explosives Substances and Articles (ESA’s) appears in this addition. If you take training and development in the explosives industry seriously, you will want to read this.

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