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1926900 General Provisions Handling and using explosives is extremely dangerous and cannot be taken lightly Only authorized and qualified people should be allowed to handle and use explosives These people must have adequate training knowledge and experience to know how to use explosives and blasting agents correctly It is important that no sources of heat and flame are permitted near the explosives at any time this includes storage transportation and use This will greatly reduce the chances of accidental ignition People who handle explosives must not be under the influence of alcohol drugs or any other intoxicants It is totally unacceptable for any worker to be under the influence of any substance while working not just people who handle explosives Whenever possible above ground blasting operations should be performed during daylight hours A lighted workplace is a safer workplace and will reduce the number of mistakes and injuries In the event of a fire in or around a facility that houses explosives the area shall be blocked off and all people removed It is too dangerous to try to fight a fire near explosives The possible loss of life from the explosives exploding is a far greater cost than letting the building burn Any time explosive are being used the employer must display proper warning signs an all roads within 1000 feet of the blasting area The signs must clearly indicate that it is a blasting area and to turn off all 2-way radios Blasting zone signs should be diamond shape and measure 48 X 48 Turn off 2-way radio signs should be rectangular shape and measure 42 X 36 1926901 Blaster Qualifications Blasting is a very dangerous job and blasters must meet certain qualifications to be able to do the job safely First of all blasters must be competent and able to give and receive written and oral orders Without good communication a blasting site can become a deadly bomb field It
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