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If you haven’t made hotel reservations for our Southeast Blasting Workshop and Hazmat Class 1 Explosives Training, don’t wait any longer. The special room pricing ends Tuesday, March 4.

To receive discounted room rate of $139 for a single/double at the Embassy Suites Huntsville, 800 Monroe St., SW, call 256.539.7373 or click here. Please notify the hotel staff you are with the Southeast Blasting Workshop when making reservations. 

About the Workshop and Hazmat Training

Our first Southeast Blasters Workshop and Hazmat Class 1 Explosives Training will be March 27-28 in Huntsville, Ala. The March 27 blasting workshop will feature presentations on drilling and blasting; ATF regulations; vibration control; electronic detonators; blasting instrumentation and mapping; blast reporting and optimization; MSHA updates; and flyrock awareness.

The 4-hour hazmat training on March 28 will assist attendees who work with and transport explosives in understanding the major requirements of hazardous materials training. Topics include hazmat preparation, documentation, hazard communication, handling, emergency response, cargo segregation and security awareness.

For more information and to register, visit our Southeast Blasting page.


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When: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.

This is a must-attend event at the ISEE Annual Conference for people and organizations who want to learn how to better protect their product and improve their understanding of best practices by participating in the Explosives Security Workshop.

Join government representatives and industry professionals in a discussion about the most important security topics relevant to manufacturing, storing and transporting explosives. The conversation will include a technical presentation regarding technological advancements in magazine security. Regulatory agencies will also be available to discuss guidelines in securing explosives materials.

Invited speakers include:

Off-the-Shelf Cellular-Based Magazine Security, David Buckwalter, Buckwalter Excavating

Magazine Locks Research, Kevin McNeill, Acting Explosive Chief, NCETR R&D

ATF Updates, William O’Brien, Explosives Industry Analyst, ATF

Explosives Transportation Security, Jack Whitley, Transportation Specialist, Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation

AN/Explosives Chemical Safety and Security Updates, David Wulf, Director, Infrastructure Security Compliance Division, Office of Infrastructure Protection, U. S. Department of Homeland Security

Click here to register for the conference today.

This popular and highly regarded one day seminar will take place on Saturday, Feb. 8. It was designed and presented for blasters by the best in the business to help plan and execute efficient blast designs, hear updates on regulations and safety and more. The seminar is included as part of the Blasters Weekend Package or sign up separately. A new segment this year is the “Blaster's Share” featuring a blaster sharing practical experience with other blasters. The topics and speakers include:

Introduction - Larry Mirabelli, Blasters Training Committee Chairman

Blaster’s No. 1 Safety Tool - Risk Analysis - Larry Mirabelli, Dyno Nobel Inc.

Critical Drilling Practices for Blast Efficiency - Joe Accardo, Sandvik

Critical Rules for Effective Use of Bulk Explosives - Dave Hunsaker, Dyno Nobel Inc.

Detailed Presplitting Guidelines that Guarantee Results in Medium to Large Diameter Holes - Frank Chiappetta, Blasting Analysis International

Blast Locations & Use of GPS - Jim Ratcliff, WV DEP/DMR

Initiation Systems - Electronic Detonator Safety - Bryan Papillion, Austin Powder

Blaster’s Share: Close-in Blasting to Protect a Multi-Billion Dollar Bio-Tech Process - Frank Chiappetta, Blasting Analysis International

Ducking Wild Flyrock - Simon Tose, AEL Mining Services

Blasters training registration fee includes lunch, coffee breaks and course materials. The seminar runs from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration opens Friday from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Saturday morning starting at 7 a.m. A certificate of attendance will be issued. The states of Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming have accepted retraining credit hours in the past. Check with your state officials for more information.

Do you have a knack for photography and some great shots of a recent job you’d like to share? Submit them to our 21th annual photo contest, sponsored by Instantel, for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate to the ISEE Blasters Library.

The winner will be announced during our 40th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique held Feb. 9 to Feb. 12, 2014, in Denver, Colo.

There are categories for blasters and drillers at work, construction blasting, quarrying and mining, demolition blasting, specialty blasting and student entries. All submissions will be judged on composition, content and quality.

The deadline to enter is Dec. 6, 2013. So what are you waiting for? Download an entry form today.