Pyrotechnics

Pyrotechnics

Hazard Overview

Hazard Overview

What is pyrotechnics?

Any combustible or explosive compositions or manufactured articles designed and prepared for the purpose of producing audible or visible effects. Pyrotechnics are commonly referred to as fireworks.

What are the hazards associated with pyrotechnics?

Serious burns or death resulting from improper handling, storage and use of pyrotechnics.

Solutions

Solutions

What can I do to protect myself?

Employees involved in the set-up of fireworks displays should remove all potential sources of ignition, including preventing static electricity in the area where the fireworks are present. Proper clothing (all cotton garments) should be worn when involved in pyrotechnic activities. Never work with pyrotechnics alone. Be sure that fire extinguishers and buckets of water are on site. Finally, but perhaps the most important, always plan for the unexpected when setting up a fireworks display.

What resources are available to assist employers?

These presentations on personal protective equipment (PPE) and hazard communication are available and can assist employers in training their staff. The presentation should be modified to address site-specific conditions and hazards.

This example program on hazard communication and this PPE hazard assessment can be customized to fit workplace conditions and equipment.

A-Z topic pages on process safety management, hazard communication and PPE can provide more resource information. In addition, the NCDOL Library offers free safety and health videos and related research assistance on consensus standards (i.e., ANSI, NFPA, NEC). The education, training and technical assistance bureau provides free online safety and health training and outreach services (i.e., speaker's bureau requests, safety booths) upon request.

Regulations

Regulations

Which standards apply?

OSH has adopted the following standards that are applicable to pyrotechnics:

Additional OSH standards applicable to the manufacturing, storage and use of pyrotechnics include:

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Where can I learn more?

If you would like to receive interpretive guidance on this or any other OSH standard or topic, you can submit your questions using the Ask OSH web form, by e-mail to ask.osh@labor.nc.gov or by calling 919-707-7876.