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Exsplosive MSHA

 



Remember  we use exsplosive fule and paints in our MSHA Painting Services

Spontaneous combustion

Dirty waste, Staining rags, sawdust and other rubbish - especially if contaminated with oil - may generate heat spontaneously which may be sufficient to ignite flammable mixtures or may set the rubbish itself on fire. Such waste and rubbish should therefore be properly stored until it can be safely disposed of.

Good Info for all contractors on Mining Sites

 

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Handling of Explosives and Blasting

Most blast accidents in surface and underground mines occur during scheduled blasting

ü  Strict adherence to all blast cycle procedures and standards
üControlled entry and access to explosive areas
ü Only trained blasting personnel handle explosives
ü All mine transport of explosives requires they are secured and manned at all times
üMaintained storage and inventory logs
üCommunication of explosive hazards by;  Identify, Isolate and Inform.

 

DON’T GAMBLE WITH YOUR SAFETY

 

 

§Handling of Explosives & Blasting
§Explosive use has become a highly regulated activity requiring increased security, vigilance, and documentation.
Due to the powerful forces generated, accidents involving explosives may result in serious injury, death or equipment damage.
Only trained, experienced persons direct blasting operations, explosive handling and related activities.
Documentation is critical when handling explosives. Storage and inventory logs must be maintained on a regular basis
 
§Handling of Explosives & Blasting
§Safe blasting procedures for both surface and underground have become the standard of operation for controlling the
risks associated with explosives.
Basic precautions include;
  Entry and access to explosive areas
  Fire or flame producing devices including; smoking    and matches, open flames, uncontrolled sparks,     energized electric circuits
  In place procedures for all phases of the blast cycle
  All blasting operations conducted under the direct     supervision of a trained blaster
Explosives Security Reminder - Best Practices

Given the heightened level of security that our country faces, the Mine Safety and Health Administration wants to remind you of the need to ensure that the explosives at your site are
 secured and accounted for. As a Employee of Great Western Painting 
Do not touch any devices. Report it to the Safety Supervisor.
. In addition to compliance with all applicable regulations, the following best practices can be used as a guide to assist you in this process.
  • Inspect and verify that each magazine is properly secured according to MSHA/ATF regulations as well as manufacturers recommendations.

    Report missing explosives immediately.
    Ensure that any vehicle used to transport explosives is properly secured and attended.
    Verify that inventories of explosives are correct and that a copy is maintained in the magazines with a duplicate at the mine office.
    Verify any person's identity before allowing them to enter explosive magazines or review inventory records.
    Review security measures at your facility to determine if further measures are necessary to protect explosives from theft.
    Verify that telephone numbers for the proper authorities are posted at conspicuous locations.
    Periodically inspect magazines for evidence of tampering or theft.
    Hold safety meetings with all employees to alert them to these activities and the reason for them.

BEST PRACTICES
• Train all employees in highwall hazard recognition.• Conduct examinations prior to beginning work around highwalls, and as frequent as necessary to ensure safety, especially during periods of changing weather conditions. Inspect the top and bottom of the highwall for cracking, spalling, sloughage, loose ground, and large rocks that could be hazardous.
• Communicate changes in mining methods or blasting issues to oncoming shifts. • Ensure loose material is scaled prior to performing work.
Explosions can cause hill sides to become unstable

 

     

Spontaneous combustion of oily rags.

Oil soaked (linseed, stain, paint and vegetable oil) rags that are not stored properly can permit oxidation. Spontaneous combustion can quickly occur igniting the rags and anything else they are near.

It is extremely important to read the label of wood stains and paint products, determining the content of that product and any cautions that might be on the label. Other natural oils such as mineral oil, cottonseed oil, cod and other fish oil present similar problems.

Rags used with these products should be stored by submersing them in a water filled metal container with a fitted lid.

 

What Is Spontaneous Combustion?

 

The Encyclopedia Britannica defines spontaneous combustion as the outbreak of fire without application of heat from an external source. This combustion can occur when flammable matter like oily rags, damp hay, leaves, or coal is stored in bulk. Spontaneous combustion, sometimes referred to as spontaneous ignition, begins when a combustible object is heated to its ignition temperature by a slow oxidation process. Oxidation is a chemical reaction involving the oxygen in the air around us gradually raising the inside temperature of something (like a pile of rags) to the point at which a fire starts.