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New York State Legislation On Explosives


The New York State Dept. of Labor is anticipating enacting legislation to change its present standards for explosives possession, handling, storage and transportation as outlined in Code Rule 39, last amended April l7, 1991.

The New York State Dept. of Labor is anticipating enacting legislation to change its present standards for explosives possession, handling, storage and transportation as outlined in Code Rule 39, last amended April l7, 1991.

An informational meeting was held in Syracuse, NY on Feb. 20th whereby industry stakeholders were invited to listen to proposals by NYS Dept. of Labor as relates to security of explosive products. Physical security including increased surveillance requirements with a 15 minute response time from the occurrence of an attempted break-in at a magazine site; increased perimeter control/barriers, stronger ASTM approved intrusion resistant locks, increased background checks, and an additional license for Pyrotechnicians have all been proposed by the State.

The meeting was very well attended by stakeholders from both explosives and fireworks. Two committees have been formed to meet with the Dept. of Labor in Albany to ìwork togetherî in drafting these legislative changes. This process will move rapidly!!

Julie Pecori, Dyno Nobel Inc. has been appointed chair for the Explosives Stakeholders and Felix Grucci, Jr., President of a Fireworks Company and former NY US Congressman, will chair the Fireworks Stakeholders. The two groups will be working together. At present, members of the Explosives Group are:

Andre Hagadorn, Adirondack Natural Stone; John Brulia, Austin Powder Co.; Edward Fuhr, Graymont Materials NY Inc.; Lisa Ponce, Hilltop Energy Inc.; Richard Galletta, Maine Drilling & Blasting; Hank Dise, Maxam North America; Doug Nothnagle, Nothnagle Enterprises, Inc.; Bruce Brannen, Strider Construction Co.; Lee Tillotson, Thomas Drilling & Blasting Corp.

Information is (and will be) posted on the NYS Dept. of Labor website as follows: http;//www.labor.state.ny.us/workerprotection/safetyhealth/DOSH_INDEX.shtm
Once you enter the site, click on ìCode Rule 39-Explosive Storage Regulation Revision.

We urge all stakeholders in New York State to take an active interest in this effort. It will likely impact everyone in our industry doing business in this state!!