USGS Groundwater Information: Branch of Geophysics
These tips are from an older version of the USGS safety manual.
A. Written procedures should be developed for the operation or activity where explosives are to be used. Every person involved with explosives use must be thoroughly familiar with those written procedures.
B. Good housekeeping is extremely important for all areas where explosives are stored, used, or handled.
C. Explosives work should not be conducted during extreme inclement weather, such as thunderstorms.
D. Explosives should be kept in closed containers when not in use. All containers must be labeled to identify the contents present.
E. "No Smoking" requirements must be established where explosives are stored, used, or handled.
F. At least one person who is thoroughly familiar with accepted firing procedures, knowledgeable of static electricity, hazards of electromagnetic radiation to ordinance, grounding procedures, and overall safety procedures should be present at any firing site.
G. Do not use 2-way radios when working with explosives.
Personal Protective Equipment:
A. Safety glasses should be worn when working with or in proximity to explosives.
B. Flame-retardant coveralls should be worn, especially when working with primary explosives.
C. Silk, wool, or synthetic outer or under garments should not be worn in activity where the generation of static electricity would create a hazard. Cotton undergarments are preferred.