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Nys Explosives Rules May Change


The New York State Dept. of Labor may enact legislation to change its present standards for explosives possession, handling, storage and transportation,

The New York State Dept. of Labor may enact legislation to change its present standards for explosives possession, handling, storage and transportation, as outlined in Code Rule 39, last amended April 17, 1991.

At a meeting held in Syracuse, N.Y., industry stakeholders listened to proposals by the NYS Dept. of Labor as relates to security of explosive products. Physical security ó 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 locks, increased background checks, and an additional license for pyrotechnicians ó have all been proposed by the state.

Two committees have been formed to meet with the Dept. of Labor in Albany to draft these legislative changes. Julie Pecori, Dyno Nobel Inc., has been appointed chair for the Explosives Stakeholders. Felix Grucci Jr., former U.S. Congressman, will chair the Fireworks Stakeholders.

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

Information is posted on the NYS Dept. of Labor Web site 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.î