There are helpful guidelines that OSHA provides which can keep the pyrotechnic workforce and you safe this holiday.
Click here to view safety guidelines created to help owners of retail establishments that sell fireworks and other pyrotechnics protect their workforce. This may include devices designed to launch or detonate explosives. The site provides key information that discusses common hazards retail workers face in the sale of fireworks.
Click here to read safety guidelines designed for those in the outdoor pyrotechnic display sector. These guidelines help inform firework display operators and other affected employees about safe practices when working with fireworks. During the 2003 season, 10 deaths occurred in the U.S. involving display setup and execution.
Take your safe workplace practices home with you! According to data collected by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an average of 230 firework-related injuries occur near the Fourth of July. In 2014, nine people were killed from firework-related accidents. Most of the injuries are burns that occur on hands, face, eyes, and ears. In 2016, fireworks were involved in approximately 11,100 injuries during the calendar year in the U.S.
Don’t become part of the statistics. Follow these Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) guidelines to stay safe and most enjoy this Fourth of July!