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Transportation and storage of explosives

Transportation and storage of explosives
Receive from Supplier Transport to blasting area Selecting truck route Select parking area Truck Preshift
1. Receive from Supplier
Receive (ATF Certified Person must receive)
Check order/manifest
Count each explosive received
Record
Sign invoice
Make copies of manifest/invoice and maintain copy in each magazine/anfo van and at office (usually 4 copies)
Add to existing inventory
Each magazine has own inventory book
Detonators
Unload
Count
Store in magazine
Stack no more than 3 high
Add to inventory for detonator magazine
Rotate by date
Best practice
Recheck inventory
Daily magazine check
Boosters
Unload
Count
Store in magazine
Do not stack more than 4 high
Add to inventory for detonator magazine
Rotate by date
Best practice
Recheck inventory
Daily magazine check
Initial calendar inside magazine
Anfo
Van serves as portable magazine for storing Anfo
Transport bags from previous van to new delivery van
Discuss proper lifting requirements. Fifo method (first-in, first-out) Stacked 6 high, 7 wide
Ensure van is double-locked and grounded
Add to inventory for anfo van
Recheck inventory
Daily magazine check
ATF notification (phone number) posted at gate entrance
Best practice
Ensure no signs are posted in direct path of stored materials
Storage area
50' surrounding magazines must be clear of debris, dry grass, ignition sources, etc.
Materials must be stored at least 4' away from the wall of magazines
Condensation could affect explosives
2. Transport to blasting area
Transport detonators and boosters
No smoking materials or open flames
Explosives must be manually unloaded - no mechanization
No riders allowed in vehicle when transporting explosives
Truck bed lined with non-sparking material
Separate detonators and booster by 4" of hardwood or laminate if carried at same time
Check for or place signage
Signs shall be visible from all angles
Transport Anfo
Use tractor to transport anfo van to blasting area
Use designated tractor only; Driver must pass an ATF background check
Remove lock from van pin
Hook up tractor
Unchock van
Usually use rocks for chocks
Disconnect ground
Raise landing gear
Record magazine activities
Note explosives removed
Note explosives used
Note explosvies returned
Note total Inventory
3. Selecting truck route
Travel back roads when possible
Avoid transporting explosives through traffic/production areas when possible
4. Select parking area
Park near blast holes
Park trucks at least 50' apart
Set park brake
Chock trucks or turn toward berm
Shut engine off
5. Truck Preshift
Conduct a daily pre-shift examination
Applies to any vehicle hauling explosives
Check signs
Inspect extinquishers (2)