Landmine and ERW Safety Training Resources
Learning how to avoid landmine and Explosive Remnant of War (ERW) accidents is the responsibility of each individual travelling to a mine / ERW affected area. Employers, however, also have a responsibility to ensure that everyone receives proper safety training before they commence working in their new environment. The ‘duty of care’ extends to UN organizations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), governments, construction companies, the media, and other private-sector entities that hire people to work in areas where there is the threat of landmines or ERW.
The Landmine & ERW Safety Project (LSP) was launched in 2005 to address the need for systematic safety briefings, primarily for aid workers. UNMAS, other UN agencies and some mine-action NGOs jointly developed the Landmine & ERW Safety Handbook.
While mine-risk and ERW awareness education are intended to reach the general public in affected communities, landmine and ERW safety briefings are meant to target institutions and its staff working in hazardous settings.
The Landmine & ERW Safety Project (LSP) consists of various training materials and includes:
- Handbooks and CDs (2005) - available only in English; and
- A Landmine and ERW safety brief application for smartphones. The application also possesses a function to enable the reporting of UXO / ERW by anyone possessing a smartphone.
The LSP is intended to provide general landmine and ERW awareness and safety information to minimize the risk of accidents. As such, the information includes:
- Details about the threat posed by mines and ERW, their descriptions and uses;
- General Safety and emergency procedures;
- Guidelines on how to assist a victim;
- Information on how to plan road moves and how to maximise safety whilst in an area of previous Landmine / ERW activity;
- Links to various Mine Action sites and publications; and
- Glossary of common Mine Action and explosive hazard management terms.
These interactive training modules are now available as smartphone-based versions. They are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
The Peace Operations Training Institute (POTI) updated and revised in September 2014 the training course "Mine Action and Explosive Hazard Management: Humanitarian Impact, Technical Aspects, and Global Initiatives."
UNMAS and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) have collaborated with POTI to develop this course, which offers a comprehensive introduction to the policies, procedures and standards that shape Mine Action activity around the world as countries and NGOs pursue the eradication of these hazards. The material seeks to empower students with the knowledge to champion the United Nations' vision of "a world free of the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW), including cluster munitions, where individuals and communities live in a safe environment conducive to development and where the human rights and the needs of mine and ERW victims are met and survivors are fully integrated as equal members of their societies." Topics include The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty (Ottawa MBT); mine action guidelines for ceasefires and peace agreements; landmine and ERW safety training; identifying landmines and ERW; International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) and guidelines for application; victim assistance; mine risk education; UNICEF mine action strategy; mine information; mine action assessment; and the electronic mine action network E-MINE. A new lesson addresses the concern of identifying and responding to Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
Click here to find out more: http://www.peaceopstraining.org/courses/mine-action-and-explosive-hazard-management/