From the assessment, it will be possible to reveal potential threat channels and in it acquire openness that will enable us to devise safety and precautionary measures to ensure success of our mega project.This stage is necessary since it determines the approval or denial of the project proposal by the Hong Kong construction and explosives authorities. The analysis is highlighted below, with regards to the type of risk posed by the explosives that will be stored in the magazine and transported to the blasting sites;This is an explosive used in general blasting, quarrying, and mining. It has a 0.96 kg equivalence of TNT per 1 kilogram of emulsion. It is a detonator sensitive emulsion, meaning it does not require boosters to detonate it. As such, its handling requirements are quite high (Persson, Holmberg &Lee 1993, p.This is an alternative explosive to cartridged emulsion in rock excavation through blasting. It is however used in tunnel blasting. It is sensitized by adding a gassing solution of citric or acetic acid to it. It is then directed to the charging hose using a delivery pump. Until it is pumped to the delivery hose, it is not explosive. Again, it has to be detonated using a detonator and a small booster (Persson, Holmberg & Lee 1993, p.These are the minute devices used in safely initiating blasting of explosives in a systematic (controlled) manner. The ones to be used in this project are shock tube and non-electric detonators. They usually contain the most sensitive explosives but again, they are made in a way that their handling poses minimal risks. In addition, their packaging is made to absorb the explosions in case of accidental detonation.This is a thin and flexible tube that has an explosive core. A detonating cord contains compressed powder PETN explosive. It has an effect similar to a detonator along its entire length and is used to deliver detonations to the explosives or boosters from the control panels. They are initiated using blasting caps.Bulk explosives require more than just the small quantities of explosive contained in detonators. As such, primers or boosters are used. Boosters contain PETN and TNT mixtures to create Pentolite. Pentolite however requires a detonator to initiate explosion (Persson, Holmberg & Lee 1993, p.Several theories of safety and risk management can be
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