Key aspects of any project are Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC).
All BACTEC operations are subject to internal (and external when required) QA and QC throughout the life of the project by specially trained and appointed staff.
When required BACTEC will carry out third party QA of the main contractors' work on behalf of the clients.
- All BACTEC work is carried out in accordance with International Mine Action Standards (IMAS), and National Regulations TSG
- All staff and assets are formally accredited by the UNMACC or clients' representatives before clearance commences. BACTEC has been accredited by the UNMACCs in Sarajevo, Pristina, Southern Lebanon and the IND in Mozambique
- Re-accreditation takes place annually for each asset
- BACTEC's management system is registered to International Standards Organisation (ISO) 9001:2008 (Lloyds LRQA)
- BACTEC prepares project specific SOPs
Health and Safety are paramount in all BACTEC's operations. In particular the following key matters are addressed for each project:
- International standards are applied for all health and safety matters
- Each project has a nominated health and safety representative
- All staff are specifically trained for the task/duties they are required to perform
- Appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is provided for each project in accordance with safety requirements
- Safety critical equipment is procured specifically to meet the threat in the theatre of operations
- Monthly Health and Safety meetings held for all employees
- Review and assessment of all relevant documentation covering the qualifications and training of the UXO/Mine Action clearance contractors/workforce to ensure they meet contractual and IMAS requirements
- Review and evaluation of UXO Risk Assessments, SOPs and method statements for compliance with the contract, IMAS, TSGs and the nature of the threat
- Review of the Project Management structure to ensure it is adequate to meet the management, administrative and logistic needs of the project
- Review and assessment of the proposed equipment for suitability
- Examine maintenance/repair programs for safety critical equipment
- Audit work sites to include the following topics:
- CASEVAC Procedures
- Safe working practices
- Compliance with IMAS, TSGs and SOPs
- Internal QA
- Daily documentation
- Completion/recording procedures
- Handover process
- Carry out physical sampling of the clearance work carried out by the third party contractor
- Audit completion/handover documentation
Roads and tracks play a vital role in armed conflicts providing rapid deployment of assets. The denial of the use of roads and tracks impacts significantly in the conduct of armed conflict. The use of roads can be denied effectively by the use of Anti Personnel Mines and Anti Tank Mines as well as Improvised Explosive Devices.
In most conflicts around the world Anti Tank mines (AT mines) and Anti Personnel mines (AP mines) have been widely used for blocking roads and tracks. These mines may remain active for many years posing a threat to both personnel and vehicles.
As part of the restoration of the infrastructure following a conflict an effective road network needs to be established. This requires roads and tracks to be cleared of mines and explosive devices allowing roads to be repaired/reconstructed as necessary.
BACTEC has developed a very efficient and cost-effective method of carrying out route clearance and verification meeting the requirements of International Mine Action Standards and Local Governments.
The BACTEC Route and Road Verification process involves;
- Desk Top Threat Assessment which includes evaluation of existing information regarding Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) contamination in the area
- Dividing the subject area into low, medium and high risk areas
- Liaison with client to synchronize timelines and project plans
- Establishing a field capacity for road and route verification in co-operation with the client's field teams
- Start verification in accordance with an agreed project plan where the focus will be on the release of low threat areas as early as possible in the verification process
- The verification and survey of high threat areas such as major road junctions, crossings, fords and bridges. If needed these areas will be cleared by using a mix of manual, mechanical and Mine Detection Dog (MDD) assets. BACTEC will recommend changes to the project plan throughout the life of the project
- The verification and survey of low and medium mine threat areas by a combination of visual search and instrument aided search using a range of mechanical and electronic detection systems
- Reporting and documenting all verification, survey and clearance work using DGPS systems and the latest GIS applications. All mapping will be synchronized with the clients' needs
- BACTEC will also offer a stand-by EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) capacity able to react at short notice to support the clients' field teams when they work in former conflict areas