UXO Certifications in The Netherlands

Article By: UXO Guest Author Maarten Bosma, Bombs Away.

First of all, I want to thank UXOInfo.com for their hospitality when I met them during my stay in the United States (US). I found it very interesting to talk to them and get some more inside information about the way UXO clearance works in the US. I've learned that there are many differences between the Dutch and the American regulations in the field. So in this article, I want to explore one of the main differences - the certification or qualifications for UXO personnel.

In the US, UXO personnel qualifications are established by the U.S. Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board (DDESB) which is outlined in Technical Paper 18 (TP 18). The DDESB defines seven UXO positions (UXO Sweeper; UXO Technician Level 1, 2, and 3; UXOSO; UXOQCS; and SUXOS) with the levels primarily based upon years of experience. TP-18 recognizes military EOD training from a very limited number of countries outside of the US - Canada, Great Britain, Germany, or Australia as well as civilian UXO training. The US does not require any testing and/or certifications from UXO workers outside of the OSHA requirements and added quality training for the UXOQCS position.

In The Netherlands, UXO qualifications are governed by the VEO (Vereniging voor Explosieven Opsporing) which is a governing body that has a commission of experts who provide advice on new regulations. The Dutch Army EOD is also represented in the commission. In The Netherlands, personnel who perform UXO detection surveys and identification of UXO in the field fall into three different levels or categories:


The Society of Religious Friends Honored for Donations

Schonstedt Instrument Company, in partnership with the United Nations Mine Action Service and the US Department of State, continues to deploy donated magnetic locators to underserved countries through the Schonstedt Humanitarian Demining Initiative. To date, more than 500 units have been shipped to demining teams in 28 countries.

The Society of Religious Friends (Quakers) of Woodstown, NJ has been responsible for the donation of over 100 of those units, and was recently honored by the US Department of State, Bureau of Political - Military Affairs, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement at a ceremony in Washington, DC. Frank Lenik and Jack Mahon accepted a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the Woodstown Monthly Meeting for its members' ongoing contributions to the dramatic reduction in civilian deaths and injuries from landmines and unexploded ordnance.


No "Bluffing" - WWII Artillery Shell Found on Washington Beach

Port Townsend, Washington Port Townsend Police and U.S. Navy EOD responded to a Strait of Juan de Fuca beach west of Port Townsend when a suspect military munition was found.

Police secured the site and called on EOD who determined that the rusty ordnance was unfuzed and inert. The 70-pound artillery shell, likely WWII-era, was removed for proper disposal.

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EOD Going "Out on a Limb" For A Munition

Studland, United Kingdom You've heard the expression, "Money doesn't grow on trees," but in the UXO world we also know that "Munitions don't grow on trees, either!" Police, Coastguard officials, and British Army EOD personnel were called to Studland after a father and son discovered an old military ordnance item in a tree.

The heavily corroded munition, judged to be approximately 70-years-old, was wedged among the branches of a silver birch tree. The Coastguard evacuated the area and called on Army bomb disposal experts for advice. The Wiltshire-based EOD team suspected the device could still be explosive. Upon x-raying it was found to be solid inside rather than liquid and deemed safe for removal.



Munitions Find Halts Warehouse Demolition

Detroit, Michigan A demo crew tearing down an old warehouse encountered more than the normal construction debris when they found four old artillery shells.

The crew called the police who responded with technical support from the local bomb squad. The four shells were found to be inert and safely relocated. It is unknown how the munitions ended up in the warehouse of how long they have been there.

Warhouse Munitions

Munitions For Sale To Benefit Charity

Buffalo, New York Goodwill Industries recently posted munitions items for sale on their website - shopgoodwill.com under the title "Vintage Rifle Bullet Casings". The opening bid set at $8.99 included three items including a projectile, a bullet, and a casing.

The description for the items on the on-line bid read as follows:

Vintage Rifle Bullet Casings
2 can be filled
The big bullet measures 4 2/8" in height and 4 5/8" in circumference
On the side bullet it reads: LOT-77-23139-24-1942-EM-37MM-M80
On the bottom it reads: FM 12
The 2 smaller ones measure 3.5" and 4" in height

Goodwill Munitions


Military Munitions Response Program Manager Wanted

Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure, Inc.
Knoxville, TN

Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure is currently seeking a Program Manager to be responsible for the management of their Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP).

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with principals in developing areas of expertise within Amec Foster Wheeler
  • Recruit employees; assign, direct, and evaluate their work; and oversee development and maintenance of staff competence
  • Review and approve contracts and cost estimates
  • Prepare large-scale programmatic proposals
  • Forecast project work on existing contracts
  • Expand client relationships beyond existing contract
  • Identify potential opportunities within existing contracts
  • Review technical aspects of project to assist staff and assess productivity of lines of research to ensure coordination of efforts and timely submission of reports
  • Coordinate and direct the integration of technical activities
  • Prepare budgets, bids, and contracts, and direct the negotiation of contracts
  • Perform administrative functions such as reviewing and writing reports, enforcing rules, and making decisions about the purchase of materials or services

Skills / Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • Professional registration (P.E., P.G., or PMP)
  • 15+ years of relevant MMRP/MEC experience
  • 10 Years of Program Management experience, including DoD management experience
  • Strong client relationship management with demonstrated success leading and expanding business operations including business development


Military Ordnance Found in Deceased Man's Tool Shed

Stevensville, Maryland The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office Bomb Squad was called to a residence where a man cleaning out his father's tool shed found two containers of of old military ordnance.

The bomb squad X-rayed the boxes which were found to contain a 60 mm shell and a WWII era Mark II grenade hand grenade. The items appeared to be inert but were removed anyway for safe disposal.

Park Temporarily Closed Due To Off-Shore Munition Find

Makua Beach, Hawaii Authorities temporarily closed a portion of the Kaena Point State Park due to the discovery of a munition item located approximately 60 feet off-shore. The munition was initially found by two divers in five feet of water just off of Makua Beach.

Park officials called the Honolulu Police Department Bomb Squad to report the find. Police coordinated with Navy EOD who responded and destroyed the item in place without incident. The munition is shown below (exact type not reported).

Makua Beach

ESOH Engineer Needed (MD / Northern VA Area)

Environment, Safety and Occupational Health (ESOH) ENGINEER needed for a full time position supporting a major DoD installation in and around the Washington, D.C. / northern VA area.

Exciting position with a dynamic small business for an ESOH professional looking to grow. Candidate must have experience in identifying, researching, analyzing, and documenting ESOH and system safety elements for DoD clients and/or system (required).

Experience and knowledge working with MIL-STD-882 ESOH and system safety tasking and status reporting of tasks required.

Job description (abbreviated):

  • Develop documentation such as hazard analyses and preparing complex reports, briefings and presentations.
  • Review reports, technical papers, drawings, specifications, procedures, etc.; consolidate comments from various organizations; and draft reports.
  • Develop technical data packages in support of technical review teams and board.
  • Prepare routine correspondence (i.e., letters, memos and route sheets), spreadsheets, Gantt charts, presentations, and meeting minutes.
  • Maintain ESOH and system safety engineering support data, planning schedules, and documents.
  • Apply MIL-STD-882 methodology across varying complexity levels of projects/programs.
  • Provide other ESOH support as needed.


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