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Explosives

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the main hazards involved with storing, transporting, and using explosives.
  • Describe the blasting process and identify the main types of materials used to execute a blast, including explosives, blasting agents, and blasting caps.
  • Explain how to use magazines and other storage facilities to store explosives safely.
  • Describe the requirements for transporting explosives safely at the mine site.
  • Outline general blasting regulations, as well as more specific regulations for preparing the blast holes, using electric and non-electric initiation systems, and handling misfires.

Available in English, Spanish

40 minutes

Course Outline
  • Introduction
  • Blasting Basics
  • Storing Explosives
  • Transporting Explosives
  • Executing the Blast
  • Summary
Regulations
  • Mine Safety and Health Administration, Code of Federal Regulations, 30 CFR, Part 56, Subpart E, Explosives
  • Mine Safety and Health Administration, Code of Federal Regulations, 30 CFR, Part 56, Subpart F, Drilling
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Explosive Storage Requirements, July 19, 2015
  • Science Clarified, Explosives, 2009
  • US National Park Service, Park History, Online Books, Explosives, Chapter 7, Loading Boreholes, 1999