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A Guide to the Safe Storage of Explosive Materials

D. Allen Hughes, P.E.

Course Outline

Storage by Classes of Explosive Materials
Storage within Magazines, Types 1, 2 and 3
Quantity and Storage
Construction of Magazines
Construction Specifications for
Types of Magazines Type 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 
Specifications for Bullet Resistant Construction  

Smoking and Open Flames     
Location of Magazines   

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for use by engineers, planners, and contractors.

Benefit to Attendees

Students will gain an understanding from this course of the benefits of the safe storage of explosive materials to owners, employees and the public.

Course Introduction

Proper storage prevents unauthorized access to explosive materials and reduces their deterioration. All explosive materials, including blasting agents, detonators, detonating cord, boosters, blasting caps, and electric and nonelectric detonators should be stored in magazines. The magazines should be properly designed and located to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations. This course introduces the basic concepts of safe storage of explosive materials and the importance of doing so to protect employees and the public.

Course Content

This course is based on a document by the N.C. Department of Labor (NCDOL).  

A Guide to the Safe Storage of Explosive Materials

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Course Summary

This guide is intended to be consistent with all existing OSHA standards; therefore, if any area is considered by the reader to be inconsistent with a standard (including but not limited to13 NCAC 7F.0201(5)), then the OSHA standard should be followed.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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