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Subchapter 7. General Industry Safety Orders
Group 18. Explosives and Pyrotechnics
Article 121. Snow Avalanche Blasting

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§5350. Training.

(a) The avalanche blasting crewmembers shall be adequately trained in the explosives and the deployment method(s) used.

(b) Training for members of the blasting crew shall ensure competence in the following areas:

(1) A general knowledge of explosive materials, history of their development, their properties and requirements for their safe use and management;

(2) Assembly procedures for the type of charge(s) used;

(3) Arming procedures for the type of charge(s) used, including:

(A) Clearing adjacent areas pursuant to requirements in Section 5355.1(a)(1) and (3),

(4) Transportation procedures to blast site for the type of charge(s) used pursuant to requirements in Section 5356;

(5) Deployment procedures for the type of charge(s) used including:

(A) Use of igniters;

(B) Determining successful initiation or misfire of fuse;

(C) Procedures for clearing and guarding the ski lifts, blasting areas, slopes, and runout zones pursuant to requirements in Section 5356(c)(5), Section 5357(a)(2), Section 5357(b)(6) and Section 5357(e)(3) where applicable.

(6) Disarming procedures and the management of misfires for the type of charge(s) used including:

(A) Disarming of misfired charges pursuant to Section 5358;

(B) Timed disarming practice of misfired handcharges to meet requirements of Section 5358(h),

(7) Emergency operations and rescue procedures.

(8) The work stoppage procedures during lightning storm danger pursuant to Section 5245.

(9) A knowledge of all applicable safety orders in Group 18 including this Article.

(c) Training shall include practical field experience to ensure that the conditions and hazards encountered during inclement weather blasting are known factors.

(d) The employer shall make a copy of these orders available to the blaster.

(e) Essential personnel, as defined in the Note in Section 5355.1(a), other than avalanche blasting crewmembers, shall be adequately trained and competent in their blasting related duties and in the following:

(1) A general knowledge of explosive materials, history of their development, their properties and requirements for their safe use and management;

(2) Clearing adjacent areas pursuant to requirements in Sections 5355.1(a)(1) and (3), Section 5356(c)(5), Section 5357(a)(2), Section 5357(b)(6) and Section 5357(e)(3) where applicable;

(3) Transportation procedures to blast site for the type of charge(s) used pursuant to requirements in Section 5356;

(4) Emergency operations and rescue procedures;

(5) The work stoppage procedures during lightning storm danger pursuant to Section 5245.

Note: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.

HISTORY

1. New section filed 10-10-2007; operative 11-9-2007 (Register 2007, No. 41).

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