OHS Code

Published Date: February 01, 2007
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Part 33 Explosives

Section 499 Safe distance

(1) When the blasting is being done, a blaster must ensure that

(a) all workers at the work site are protected from falling rocks, flying debris, mud and anything else that is disturbed, agitated or displaced by the blast, and

(b) no worker fires a charge until all workers are protected by suitable cover or are at a safe distance from the blast.

(2) For seismic blasting operations, the minimum safe distance referred to in subsection (1)(b) is 30 metres.

(3) For the purposes of operations involving pyrotechnic and special effects devices and explosives, the minimum blasting distances are those in

(a) NFPA Standard 1123, Code for Fireworks Display (2000 Edition), and

(b) NFPA Standard 1126, Standard for the Use of Pyrotechnics Before a Proximate Audience (2001 Edition).