Andy Smith
MIne-action specialist

Issues and comment


What is Humanitarian Mine Action and why does it differ from military demining?

Dealing with IEDs in Humanitarian Mine Action

Humanitarian Mine Action in Iran 2016

Three failings of the campaign to ban landmines

How to become a kind of deminer

Land Release - a reduction in standards

How to get mines out of the ground safely

Why not clear mines in Myanmar?

GICHD - not fit for purpose...?

Do insects eat High Explosives?

Is it safe to prod for mines?

Wearing blast goggles instead of blast visors?

Wearing a chin-strap with a visor or helmet

Device atrophy

What are the IMAS requirements for hand tools?

Is it safe to use free running EDD/MDD?

Are tripwire operated mines the greatest danger to deminers?

Magnets and safety

The HSE mine

False confidence and blast boots

The Arjun Demining System

Why isn't it safer for a deminer to work lying down?

The death of International Standards

Reducing areas as part of Land Release

UNMAS in Libya - another critical failure

Wearing a chin-strap with a visor or helmet

Mask face protection

Reducing land, resurvey, Land release

FFE/FFI - or blow in-situ? (pros and cons)

HSTAMIDS - metal-detector and GPR combination

Monitoring success in MRE (Mine risk education)

NVESD and the publicity machine

Risk from ERW (Explosive Remnants of War - other than mines)

ARESA "red plants" and the con goes on

The truth about "red plants" or the "purple weed system"
(trial report)

Utility of mines, and of the ICBL

What goes through a deminer's head.... at the time of an accident


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