Adherence to blasting safety precautions is of utmost importance in every area of working with dangerous explosives, and safety precautions are strictly enforced by OSHA. By the time the session is over, you will understand the importance of treating the explosives you work with and the blasting process with respect; key blaster qualifications and skills; federal regulations for handling, storing, and transporting explosives; how to take proper precautions when loading and detonating explosives; and the rules to follow during and after the blasting process.
Why “Blasting and Explosives Safety” Matters:
- Injuries from blasting activities caused by shock waves and flying rock can be fatal, and they can also leave long-lasting physical and mental health issues. Hundreds of construction workers die every year by not using proper safety precautions.
- Blasting accidents from improper safety practices can have devastating effects on your workplace’s resources—both human and financial.
- Having a serious injury or death at work affects everyone at a worksite. You owe it to yourself to keep you and your workers safe at all times.
- Neglecting to adhere to federal regulations involving blasting on construction sites can result in thousands of dollars in fines for violations and repeat violations.
- Thoroughly understanding and adhering to OSHA’s rules and regulations when it comes to blasting and explosives should keep you, your worksite, and the surrounding environment out of harm’s way.
- Always treat the explosives you work with and the blasting process with care and respect;
- Intimately know the applicable federal regulations and use their rules to guide you;
- Make sure your fellow workers are well clear of danger when explosions have even the slightest chance of occurring;
- Always suspend blasting operations if conditions are not optimal; and
- Using good judgment, reasoning, and making careful assessments are essential to working safely with explosives.