OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 33 Explosives Safety

Section 467 Safe work procedures

Subsection 467(1)

Employers are required to prepare safe work procedures specific to the employer’s blasting activities. Section 8 of the OHS Regulation requires that the procedures be in writing and available to workers at the work site affected by them. Section 13 of the OHS Regulation requires the employer to make sure that workers affected by the procedures are familiar with them before work begins.

Where the procedures are held is dependent on the employer and the particular work situation. In some cases they are best held at a centralized location, at other times they may need to be at the work site.

Subsection 467(2)

This subsection references two National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards specific to pyrotechnic and special effects work. The NFPA standards are recognized within the industry as presenting “best practices” and are often referenced by local authorities such as fire departments when performance permits are requested.

NFPA Standard 1123, Code for Fireworks Display, applies to the construction, handling and use of fireworks intended solely for outdoor fireworks display. The standard includes requirements for special firework aerial shells and equipment, site selection and operation of the display. The Standard does not apply to the use of common (Class C) fireworks by the general public or to the use of pyrotechnics devices in the performing arts. The purpose of the Standard is to provide requirements for the reasonably safe conduct of outdoor fireworks displays.

NFPA Standard 1126, Standard for the Use of Pyrotechnics Before a Proximate Audience, applies to the use of pyrotechnics in the performing arts in conjunction with theatrical, musical or similar productions before a proximate audience (closer to pyrotechnics devices than permitted by NFPA Standard 1123), performers or support personnel. The Standard applies to any indoor or outdoor use of pyrotechnics. The purpose of the Standard is to provide requirements for the reasonable protection of pyrotechnic operators, performers, support personnel, viewing proximate audiences, property and buildings where pyrotechnics are used indoors or outdoors.