Ammunition and Explosives Safety Information Management Systems (AESIMS) Update

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In April 2017, Ammunition and Explosives Safety Information Management Systems (AESIMS) was rolled out as part of the Safety Information Management System (SIMS), developed in partnership with the Flight Safety Program.

In the first year, it operated two ammunition & explosives (A&E) reporting modules: accidents & incidents and defects & malfunctions, and was used solely by A&E professionals. In April 2018, two more A&E modules (licensing and inspections, with risk management still to come) were rolled out, but a more significant change was the extension of AESIMS down to unit level.

Unit Ammunition Representatives (UAR) and Unit Explosives Safety Officers (UESO) now have roles to play in AESIMS:

  • Reporting of A&E defects and malfunctions
  • Reporting of accidental small arms weapons discharges
  • Inspection of unit A&E lock-ups
  • Entering comments, on behalf of their CO (UESO only), on unit-related AESIMS cases.

The changes were announced in three CANFORGENS: 216/16, 023/17 and 031/18.

AESIMS training is available on the Defence Learning Network (DLN) on a self-registration basis. Access to AESIMS is separately controlled by the local supporting ammunition facility. For a better training experience, you should arrange AESIMS access prior to registering for the DLN course.

AESIMS provides a modern, DWAN-enabled reporting and staffing system, and includes tools to support analysis at all management levels including unit level. It should greatly enhance DND/CAF capability to learn from our safety experiences.

PS. If you think reporting of A&E accidents and incidents is missing from the bullet list, the omission is intentional. Investigation of A&E accidents & incidents (and reporting thereof) is limited to technically qualified investigators accredited by the A&E Safety Program.

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