Why are explosives standards considered to be a priority for the Government of Canada?
- In support of Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan’s) ongoing initiative to modernize the Explosives Regulations, standards that have been referenced are being updated to reflect current industry practices and standards.
- Due to technological advancements in explosives manufacturing and transportation, the standards used for the construction and placement of explosives storage magazines may have become inadequate.
Which standards are being updated?
- Storage Standards for Industrial Explosives, referenced in NRCan’s Explosives Regulations (C.R.C., c. 599)
- User’s Manual for Quantity Distance Principle, referenced in NRCan’s Explosives Regulations (C.R.C., c. 599)
How do the standards benefit Canadians?
- The updated standards will be used to guide the explosives industry on where to store and keep explosives, so as to minimize threats to the general public, to vulnerable structures, and to other explosives and explosives manufacturing operations.
- The updated standards will be used to guide the explosives industry on the manufacture and selection of storage magazines.
Which key organizations are involved in the update?
- The Bureau de normalisation du Québec is the SCC-accredited standards development organization responsible for updating the standards.
- Natural Resources Canada seeks to enhance the responsible development and use of Canada’s natural resources and the competitiveness of Canada’s natural resources products.
- The Standards Council of Canada provides funding to ensure that updated standards are available for government and industry use in Canada.