Safety Safety Guidance

Guidance on the Risk of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)

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Current edition published January 2019. 1st Edition published July 2018.
The legacy of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) contamination in the UK is becoming an increasingly prevalent issue, with more ‘brownfield’ urban sites and former MoD land being developed. Invariably, where the possibility of encountering UXO has not been considered, it can often lead to delays and increased costs, especially during ground investigation and groundwork stages, as well as significant health and safety issues. In most cases, these issues can be avoided if a proactive approach is taken comprising UXO risk assessments and if appropriate risk management procedures carried out at the initial stages or during planning. Recent bomb finds in London and Coventry have highlighted that UXO discovery is becoming a more regular occurrence.