Safety Guidelines

FLASH LOADS AND ALL BLANK AMMUNITION IS DANGEROUS. HANDLE CAREFULLY.

KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.

PROTECT FROM FIRE, HEAT, STATIC ELECTRICITY, RADIO AND TRANSMITTERS. COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE STORAGE LAWS AND REGULATIONS.

All explosives are dangerous and must be carefully handled and used following approved safety procedures either by or under the direction of competent, experienced persons in accordance with all applicable Federal, State and Local laws, regulations and ordinances. If, after carefully reading this entire instruction sheet, you have any questions or doubts as to how to use any explosive product, do not use it before consulting your supervisor, or the manufacturer if you do not have a supervisor. If your supervisor has any questions or doubts, he/she should consult the manufacturer before use.

These instructions and warnings are not to be construed as superseding Federal, State, Corporation or Municipal laws, ordinances or regulations.

The explosives (flash loads) you purchase at ISS were manufactured and packaged under careful supervision and inspection. However, the contents may become damaged by improper handling or storage beyond the control of the manufacturer; therefore, they should be carefully inspected before using.

WARNING: LOCK UP EXPLOSIVES. KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN. AVOID HEAT, FLAME, SPARKS AND IMPACT. READ AND HEED THESE INSTRUCTIONS AND WARNINGS.

LOST/STOLEN EXPLOSIVES: CALL ATF TOLL-FREE 800-800-3855

PREVENTION OF ACCIDENTS IN THE USE OF EXPLOSIVE MATERIALS

The prevention of accidents in the use of explosive materials is a result of careful planning and observing the best known practices. The user must remember that he/she is dealing with a powerful force and that various devices and methods have been developed to assist him/her in directing this force. The user must realize that this force, if missed, may either kill or injure both him/her and fellow workers.

It is obviously impossible to include warnings or approved methods for every conceivable situation. A list of suggestions to aid in avoiding the more common causes of accidents is set forth herein. Additional information pertaining to explosive materials is available in the Institute of Makers of Explosives Safety Library publications listed below. Copies of these publications may be obtained by writing the Institute of Makers of Explosives, 1575 Eye Street N.W., Suite 550, Washington, D.C. 20005, or from your explosive material supplier. Typical Storage Magazines (No. 1); American Table of Distances (No. 2); Suggested Code of Regulations for the Manufacture, Transportation, Storage, Sale, Possession and Use of Explosive Materials (No. 3); Recommended Industry Safety Standards (No. 6); Agricultural Blasting (No. 11); Glossary of Industry Terms (No. 12); Safety in Transportation, Storage, Handling and Use of Explosive Materials (No. 17); Safety Guide for the Prevention of Radio Frequency Radiation Hazards in the Use of Electric Blasting Caps (No. 20); IME Standard for the Safe Transportation of Electric Blasting Caps (Commercial Detonators) in a Vehicle with Other Explosives (No. 22).

DOs AND DON'Ts — GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS AND WARNINGS

DO control explosive materials, which have been removed from a magazine, to prevent possession by children or other unauthorized persons.

DON'T allow any source of ignition within 100 feet of a blast area, except for lighting safety fuse or within 50 feet of a magazine or vehicle containing explosive materials.

DON'T expose explosive materials to excessive heat from sources such as flame-producing devices, impact, friction or electrical impulses.

DON'T fight fires in explosive materials. Remove all personnel to a safe location immediately and guard the area against intruders.

DON'T shoot into explosive materials, magazines, or vehicles loaded with explosive materials.

DON'T allow children or unauthorized persons near explosive materials.

WHEN TRANSPORTING EXPLOSIVE MATERIALS

DON'T park vehicles containing explosive materials in areas which are congested or where people congregate.

DO load and unload explosive materials carefully.

DO transport explosive materials in accordance with Federal, State and Local laws and regulations.

WHEN STORING EXPLOSIVE MATERIALS

DO locate magazines in the most isolated places available. They should be separated from each other and from inhabited buildings, highways and passenger railways by distances not less than those recommended in the Institute of Makers of Explosives Safety Library Publication No. 2, entitled “American Table of Distances”.

DO post “EXPLOSIVES - KEEP OFF” signs conspicuously near magazines. These signs should be located so that a bullet passing through them at right angles cannot strike a magazine.

DO store explosive materials only in a magazine which is clean, dry, well-ventilated, reasonably cool, properly located, substantially constructed, securely locked, weather-resistant, fire-resistant, and theft-resistant, and, when required by the nature of the material, bullet- and missile-resistant.

DON'T store explosive materials in wet or damp places, with flammable or other hazardous materials, or near sources of excessive heat.

DON'T store detonators in the same package or magazine with other explosive materials.

DO store only explosive materials and blasting accessories in magazines.

DO consult your supervisor, or the manufacturer if you have no supervisor, if explosive materials have deteriorated or stained the floor of a magazine.

DON'T allow combustible material to accumulate within 25 feet of magazines.

WHEN USING EXPLOSIVE MATERIALS

DON'T use any explosive material unless completely familiar with safe procedures for their use, or under the direction of competent, experienced persons.

DON'T allow metallic slitters to come in contact with any metallic fasteners when opening packages of explosive materials.

DO close partially used packages of explosive materials.

DON'T carry explosive materials on your person.

DON'T insert anything except safety fuse in a blasting cap.

DON'T use any explosive materials that have been water-soaked even if they appear to be dried out.

DON'T attempt to investigate the contents of a detonator or try to pull the wires, fuse or detonating cord out of any detonator or delay device.

EXPLOSIVE MATERIALS DISPOSAL

DO dispose of or destroy explosive materials in accordance with approved methods. Consult your supervisor, or the manufacturer if you have no supervisor.

DON'T leave explosive materials or their packaging where children, unauthorized persons or livestock/animals can get them.

DON'T allow any explosive materials to be burned in a confined space or to be reused.