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Does your company develop explosives? If so, make sure you conduct these five safety tests

by , 01 November 2013
If your company develops explosives, you'll know all too well about how dangerous they are. The Occupational Health and Safety Act recognises this factor as well. That's why it requires you to conduct the following safety tests when you develop explosives in your company.

'During development of explosives, certain safety tests are essential to ensure safe use, handling, storage and transport of explosives,' says the Health & Safety Advisor.

Basically, as a developer or manufacturer you need to guarantee these explosives sensitive enough to perform their functions without being too unstable.

So depending on the type of explosives you develop or manufacture, you'll need to conduct the following safety tests:

Five safety tests to conduct when developing explosives

Test #1: Measure physical properties. You'll test shock, impact, friction and electrostatic sensitivity. This applies particularly to propellants or pyrotechnics.

Test #2: Measure detonation properties. This is the velocity of detonation, measurement of brisance (shattering effect), explosive power and detonation pressure (this applies to high explosives).

Test #3: Determine deflagration properties. Here's where you'll test for heat of explosion, linear burning rate, internal ballistics of propellants.

Test #4: Measure ballistic properties. You'll test internal and external ballistics, fragmentation, of high explosives and propellants.

Test #5: Chemically analyse explosives. This test will help ensure safety and stability during storage. It'll also help you identify possible negative effects on the environment and perform a biomedical analysis (toxicity or determination of any negative health effects on living beings).

Now that you know the five safety tests required by the OHSA, make sure you conduct them when developing explosives.

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