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Best Practices Guide for
Close Proximity Blasting Operations

It is generally accepted that the prevalence of risk involved in blasting activities increases exponentially with a reduction in distance to close proximity structures. Our Best Practices Guide was developed to promote safe and productive operations within close proximity blasting operations. 

These guidelines are not intended to supersede any federal, state, provincial, or local regulations pertaining to drilling, blasting and/or the use of explosive materials or other activities.

Ultimately, the safety of close proximity blasting activities rests with the Close Proximity Blasters and their employer.


The purpose of the Best Practices Guide for Close Proximity Blasting Operations is to:

  1. Provide guidelines to protect the safety and health of the public, workers, and close proximity structures within the area of influence to mitigate the following environmental effects of close proximity drilling and blasting operations:

    • Noise/Nuisance,

    • Dust,

    • Blast Vibration,

    • Air Overpressure,

    •  Flyrock.

  2. Advance the science and art of close proximity blasting activities.

  3. Instill stakeholder confidence in our industry while undertaking close proximity blasting activities in a safe and productive manner.

  4. Identify best practices for drilling and blasting operators to implement while undertaking close proximity blasting operations.

  5. Act as a supplement to applicable local, provincial, state, and federal by-laws and/or regulations pertaining to aspects of drilling and blasting activities.

  6. Identify best practices to assist drilling and blasting contractors in maintaining high quality and productive operations.

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Mr. Ron Elliott

The Best Practices Guide for Close Proximity Blasting Operations is dedicated to one of our founding members, Mr. Ron Elliott. 

Ron’s guidance, leadership, and dedication to safe and professional blasting practices was instrumental in the production of this document. Without his efforts, this publication would not exist.

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