Explosives Regulations, 2013 (SOR/2013-211)

Regulations are current to 2017-12-11 and last amended on 2016-04-15. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Fees

 An applicant for a division 1 factory licence or a satellite site certificate must pay the applicable fees set out in Part 19.

SUBDIVISION cRequirements for Holders of Division 1 Factory Licences

Facilities at Factories and Satellite Sites

Marginal note:Responsibilities of licence holder

 A holder of a division 1 factory licence must ensure that the requirements relating to process units, factory magazines, raw material storage facilities and transport units set out in sections 63 to 68 are met at the factory and, if they also hold a satellite site certificate, at each satellite site.

Marginal note:Acceptable distance requirement
  •  (1) Every process unit, factory magazine and raw material storage facility must be located at an acceptable distance from surrounding structures and infrastructure and from places where people are likely to be present.

  • Marginal note:Criteria — acceptable distance

    (2) Acceptable distance is determined by the Minister on the basis of risk of harm to people or property, taking into account the quantity and type of Footnote *explosives that are to be manufactured, the raw material to be used, the manufacturing operations to be carried out, the strength, proximity and use of surrounding structures and infrastructure and the number of people likely to be in the vicinity of the unit, magazine or facility.

  • Marginal note:Structural requirements

    (3) Every process unit, factory magazine and transport unit must be designed, constructed and installed to conform to good engineering practices. It must be constructed in a manner that prevents the accumulation of explosives or raw material in cracks and cavities and that minimizes the harm to people and property that could result from an ignition of the explosives or raw material. The construction materials must be Footnote *compatible with the explosives to be manufactured, stored or transported and with the raw material to be used.

  • Marginal note:Factory magazines

    (4) Every factory magazine must also be constructed so that it is well ventilated and resistant to theft, weather and fire.

  • Marginal note:Raw material storage facilities

    (5) Every raw material storage facility must be designed, constructed and installed to conform to good engineering practices. The construction materials must be compatible with the raw material to be stored in the facility.

  • Marginal note:Means of escape

    (6) Every process unit, factory magazine, raw material storage facility and transport unit must have a means of escape that will permit all people in the unit, magazine or facility to leave it quickly and easily in an emergency.

  • Marginal note:Lighting, electrical fixtures and wiring systems

    (7) The lighting, electrical fixtures and wiring systems that are used in a process unit, factory magazine, raw material storage facility or transport unit must not increase the likelihood of an accidental ignition.

  • Marginal note:Electrostatic hazard

    (8) Precautions that eliminate any possibility of an accidental ignition of electrostatic sensitive material (for example, grounding and control of humidity) must be taken in every process unit, factory magazine, raw material storage facility and transport unit.

  • Marginal note:Protection against lightning strikes

    (9) Every process unit or building in which a process unit is located must be protected from lightning strikes if it would not be safe to shut down manufacturing operations in the process unit during a thunderstorm.

  • SOR/2016-75, s. 38.
Marginal note:Equipment
  •  (1) All tools, accessories and equipment that are in a process unit, factory magazine, raw material storage facility or transport unit must be designed, constructed and installed to conform to good engineering practices.

  • Marginal note:Compatibility

    (2) Every thing that is in a process unit, factory magazine, raw material storage facility or transport unit must be made from materials that are Footnote *compatible with the Footnote *explosives and raw material in the unit, magazine or facility.

  • Marginal note:Incompatible things

    (3) However, a thing that is not compatible with an explosive or raw material in a process unit, factory magazine or raw material storage facility but is required for manufacturing or maintenance (such as a cleaning fluid or solvent) may be brought into the unit, magazine or facility for immediate use. It must be removed as soon as the circumstances permit after its use unless the division 1 factory licence or satellite site certificate authorizes its storage in the unit, magazine or facility.

  • Marginal note:Control of safety-critical parameters

    (4) All equipment designed to control safety-critical parameters on pumps, and on other process equipment that puts energy into explosives, must be installed and maintained in good condition so that the equipment operates while the pumps and process equipment are in use.

  • Marginal note:Motorized transport units

    (5) A motorized transport unit that contains explosives must be equipped with two easily accessible fire extinguishers, each with a rating of at least 4-A :40-B:C.

  • Marginal note:Open-flame device

    (6) An open-flame device, an open-element electrical appliance or a device (for example, a heat sealer) with a surface temperature above the decomposition temperature of the explosives or raw material with which it may come in contact must not be stored in a process unit unless the division 1 factory licence or satellite site certificate authorizes one to be stored in the unit.

Marginal note:Containers
  •  (1) All raw material, Footnote *explosive substances and Footnote *explosives waste must be kept in closed containers that prevent spills and contamination. The contents of each container must be clearly identified on a label attached to the container.

  • Marginal note:Spills

    (2) Any spill of explosives, raw material or other material must be cleaned up as soon as the circumstances permit so as to eliminate any possibility of an ignition.

  • Marginal note:Foreign matter

    (3) If the likelihood of an ignition could be increased as a result of foreign matter (for example, bolts, gravel or grit) being present in or mixed with any raw material, or explosive used as raw material, the material must be carefully examined and passed through a sieve or treated to remove or exclude the foreign matter before manufacturing operations begin.

  • Marginal note:Removal of explosives from process unit

    (4) All explosives and raw material must be removed from a process unit as soon as the circumstances permit after manufacturing operations are completed, unless the division 1 factory licence or satellite site certificate authorizes storage of the explosives or raw material in the unit.

  • Marginal note:Removal of explosives from transport unit

    (5) All explosives and raw material must be removed from a transport unit as soon as the circumstances permit after their transport is completed. A transport unit that contains explosives must be Footnote *attended in person. However, it may be left unattended during a thunderstorm.

  • Marginal note:Destruction of waste and contaminated material

    (6) All explosives waste and explosives-contaminated material must be destroyed in a manner that does not increase the likelihood of an accidental ignition during or after the destruction.

  • Marginal note:Decontamination

    (7) Any building or equipment that is no longer being used to manufacture explosives must be Footnote *decontaminated as soon as the circumstances permit. The building or equipment must be inspected by a supervisor to verify that it no longer contains any explosives.

Marginal note:Process unit records
  •  (1) A record must be made for each period during which a process unit operates. The record must be kept for two years after the date on which it is made and must include the following information:

    • (a) for each unit,

      • (i) the dates on which the period of its operation began and ended,

      • (ii) a short description of the Footnote *explosives, and the properties of the explosives, manufactured during the period,

      • (iii) the quantity of explosives manufactured, and

      • (iv) the maintenance of and repairs to the unit, the dates on which the work was carried out and the name of the worker who did the work; and

    • (b) for any equipment in the unit whose malfunction could increase the likelihood of an ignition,

      • (i) the dates on which the period of its operation began and ended,

      • (ii) the manufacturing operations for which the equipment was used, and

      • (iii) the maintenance of and repairs to the equipment, the dates on which the work was carried out and the name of the person who did the work.

  • Marginal note:Decontamination records

    (2) A record must be made for each Footnote *decontamination of equipment that was used in a process unit. The record must describe the contamination and the means of decontamination and include the names of the workers who carried out the decontamination and the name of the supervisor who inspected the equipment after the decontamination. The record must be kept for two years after the date on which the equipment is disposed of.

 
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