Do you need UXO/MEC support for a construction, environmental, or HTRW project? If so, Ordnance Holdings, Inc. (OHI) can help.
Below are some FAQs related to UXO support on projects. For more information, please contact OHI's / UXOInfo.com's Client Relations Manager - Jenna at firstname.lastname@example.org
Based upon DoD guidance (Department of Defense Explosive Safety Board Manual 60559-M-V7), UXO escorts are required for "individuals, who for operational reasons (e.g., environmental monitoring), are authorized access to areas under DoD control that are known or suspected to contain UXO". The need for UXO Escorts is not limited to environmental monitoring. Other activities such as archaeological studies, endangered species counts and studies, groundwater sampling and well installation, and soil sampling in areas known or suspected to contain UXO also require a UXO Escort.
UXO Escorts provide what is known as "anomaly avoidance" which is defined by DoD as "techniques employed on property known or suspected to contain UXO, other munitions that may have experienced abnormal environments (e.g., Discarded military munitions [DMM]), munitions constituents in high enough concentrations to pose an explosive hazard, or chemical agent (CA), regardless of configuration, to avoid contact with potential surface or subsurface explosive or CA hazards, to allow entry to the area for the performance of required operations."
Anomaly avoidance is provided by a trained and qualified UXO Technician(s) who provides safety oversight of untrained personnel in areas known or suspected to contain UXO. Anomaly avoidance involves avoiding or staying clear of visible surface hazards and subsurface anomalies. UXO Escorts have the following responsibilities:
- Providing UXO / hazard recognition, location, and safety oversight functions during intrusive activities; and
- Conducting daily safety briefings for all site personnel and visitors.