Safe distances when using explosives

How to reduce or eliminate the workplace health and safety risks from general blasting operations by setting up safe distances.


What it contains

This guidance notes outlines how to safely prepare for fire blasting explosives (shotfires) at sites other than mines and quarries. It explains how to:

  • calculate safe distances for blasting, including evacuation distances
  • plan an exclusion zone
  • assign roles to people in the exclusion zone
  • notify emergency services
  • prepare for delays and misfires