O Explosives as defined by the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration are any chemical
compound, mixture, or device, whereby the
primary or common purpose of which is to function
O They are used in many industrial operations, like
construction and mining. Proper use by
experienced personnel can be advantageous to a
workplace. However, fire and unwanted explosions
and injuries can arise from unsuitable handling.
O It is every employee’s right to be safe in the
workplace. OSHA campus 30-hour construction
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Here are a few guidelines on working with
explosives from OSHA:
O Only authorized and qualified persons will be
permitted to handle and use explosives.
O Fires, flame or heat producing devices are not
allowed near explosive magazines.
O Person under the influence of alcohol or drugs
will not be allowed to handle explosives.
O All explosives shall be accounted for at all
O No explosives or blasting agents shall be
O No fire shall be fought where the fire is in
imminent danger of contact with explosives.
O All employees shall be removed to a safe area
and the fire area guarded against intruders.
O When blasting is done in congested areas, the
blaster shall take special precautions in the
loading, delaying, initiation, and confinement of
O Employees authorized to prepare explosive
charges or conduct blasting operations shall use
every reasonable precaution. This can includes
visual and audible warning signals, flags, or
barricades, to ensure employee safety.
O As much as possible, blasting operations above
ground shall be conducted between sunup and
O Used packing materials of explosives shall not be
O Explosives, blasting agents, and blasting supplies
that are obviously deteriorated or damaged shall
not be used.
O Delivery and issue of explosives shall only be
made by and to authorized persons and into
authorized magazines or approved temporary
storage or handling areas.
O Blasting operations in the proximity of
overhead power lines, communication lines,
utility services, or other services and
structures shall not be carried on until the
operators and/or owners have been notified
and measures for safe control have been
O The use of black powder shall be prohibited.
O All loading and firing shall be directed and
supervised by competent persons thoroughly
experienced in this field.
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