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2019 PARARI Australian Explosive Ordnance Safety Symposium - Safe EO for the Warfighter through Innovative Technology & Culture

The 2019 PARARI Australian Explosive Ordnance Safety Symposium was held from 5 - 7 November, in the Adams Auditorium facility of UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

The Department of Defence Directorate of Ordnance Safety, with the University of New South Wales Capability Systems Centre, and our Platinum Sponsor, NIOA, were pleased to host PARARI 2019, exploring the theme of Safe EO for the Warfighter Through Innovative Technology & Culture.

PARARI 2019 was considered a success, with over 400 attendees from across the domestic and international explosives safety community. All keynotes delivered stimulating and insightful presentations, triggering in-depth discussion amongst the delegates. Keynotes included Air Marshall Warren McDonald (Commander Joint Capability), Dr Al Stern (Chief Scientist for Energetic Materials at United States Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head), Mr Thierry Chiapello (Executive Director of the United States Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board), Air Commodore Wade Evans (Director General Explosive Ordnance), Brigadier Haydn Kohl (Director General Explosive Materiel), Colonel Arthur Tsamis (Director Ordnance Safety), and Dr Malcolm Davis (Senior Analyst - Australian Strategic Policy Institute).

The program also included industrial theatre elements presented by Acting Consulting Training Australia, delivering an exploration of the Space Shuttle Program and prompting discussion on systems safety and safety culture. This was then supported by focussed workshops on Defence-specific issues, including the Dutch Mali mortar incident and the HMS Tireless oxygen candle explosion.

DOS would like to thank our platinum sponsor NIOA, our other sponsors Ascent and Nova Systems, all our exhibitors, keynotes, presenters and delegates for making the event such a success. It is clear that our global explosives community remain focused on the safe provision of operational effect for warfighters, today and into the future.

For more information please visit the PARARI 2019 webpage.