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Richard Battrick

Better Risk Managing Director

Richard is a former Royal Navy Clearance Diving and Bomb Disposal officer, currently working as a risk management Consultant having supported the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the Mine Action community. He has supported underwater Explosive Ordnance compliance initiatives such as CIRIA C-754 best practice and has helped develop International Mine Action Standards as a technical author. Professional activities include supporting international, government and non-government organisations with quality assurance in risk management and security operations.

Current activities include supporting information security management solutions, OH&S, quality, environmental and business continuity certification providing assurance services that help deliver 3rd party UKAS audit activities to ensure customer compliance of various management systems when identifying and managing identified risks, as well as coordinating witness audit activities to assess auditor competence. Richard
helps the private and public-sector businesses continue to operate, whilst promoting organisational awareness of quality management principles, risk management frameworks, approved codes of practice and safe systems of work.

Better Risk Limited is a member of the UK Standard Setting Body for Explosives, Munitions and Search Occupations (SSB for EMSO), responsible for national occupational standards. The company is on the industry advisory panel to the UK Government’s All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Explosive Threats in Westminster and is a recognised training provider for the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (iirsm).

Richard Battrick
Underwater Explosive Ordnance compliance frameworks

The marine environment presents a complex challenge for agencies dealing with the risk of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) and developing risk mitigation strategies, tasks which are exacerbated by poor record-keeping of historical data and the immense amount of airborne or naval ordnance that has either been deployed during times of conflict or dumped at sea. The Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) launched its underwater UXO guidance in 2015 which covers the assessment and management of UXO risk in the marine environment, however, this is best-practice guidance only, so this presentation will explore applicable national standards and international frameworks that provide certifiable assurance of an organisations qualification, experience and competence.