1 | CHECK BLASTING EQUIPMENTfor condition, capacity, etc. prior to loading the shot.
2 | ARRIVE AT THE BLAST SITE EARLYAllow yourself ample time to load and connect shots. Misfires are caused by hurrying.
3 | OBSERVE THE FORMATION AND DRILL PATTERN PRIOR TO LOADING.Look for mud seams, soft material, light burdens and spacing.
4 | DIAGRAM THE SHOT AS DRILLED.Time your shot using MS numbers, rather than cap numbers. Review timings before caps are laid out.
5 | CALCULATE POWDER FACTORS PRIOR TO LOADING.Measure burden, spacing and depth. Don’t use the driller’s measurements!
6 | KEEP THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE TO A MINIMUMwhen loading and connecting up. Idle people can be dangerous.
7 | ASSIGN DUTIES TO SPECIFIC PEOPLEduring loading and be sure they carry out those duties.
8 | START LOADING YOUR SHOTin such a manner that you could shoot in the event of equipment failure.
9 | WHEN LOADING BULK EXPLOSIVES, a 1-ft. to 2-ft. column of bulk explosives should be loaded prior to the primer.
10 | WHEN LOADING PACKAGED EXPLOSIVES, load one stick prior to the primer. This ensures that the primer is not driven into cuttings at the bottom of the borehole.
11 | BE CERTAIN THAT STEMMING IS ADEQUATE. Avoid using wet or muddy stemming material. Crushed stone is recommended.
12 | ALWAYS CLEAN THE SHOT AREAof bags, wire, boxes, etc. prior to the connecting up.
13 | ALWAYS HAVE ADEQUATE COVERat the blasting point.
14 | MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THE SIGNAL TO FIRE THE SHOT. If in doubt, delay firing.
15 | COMPLETE YOUR SHOT REPORTbefore leaving the site.
16 | EVACUATE BLAST AREA WHEN THREATENEDwith electrical storms.
17 | ALWAYS USE COMMON SENSE