OPINIONS – Issues with UN explosives classification – a personal perspective

Dr Tom Smith

Abstract: The United Nations classification regime for explosives is well established and has undoubtedly led to improvements in transport safety. However there are challenges that the hazard based approach faces and this paper attempts to highlight some of the more pressing issues.

Ref: JPyro, Issue 33, 2014, pp9-15 (J33-9)


This article is the first, we hope, of many written by experts in the Pyrotechnic and Explosives sectors to highlight issues of the day and to stimulate discussion both within the pages of the Journal and elsewhere.

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