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OSHA / American Pyrotechnics Association Alliance Manufacturer, Consumer and Display Site Training Seminars


Through its Alliance with OSHA, the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) conducted five one-day pyrotechnics safety training seminars for OSHA staff and local fire and public enforcement officials. More than 120 attendees participated in the following training seminars which were conducted by Gregg Smith, APA's Safety Manager:

  • May 24, 2005 Jacksonville, Florida
  • June 2, 2005 Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • June 7, 2005 Mesquite, Texas
  • June 9, 2005 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • June 22, 2005 Kansas City, Missouri

Topics discussed at the seminars included a review of applicable codes and regulations regarding the sale, manufacture, storage and transportation of consumer fireworks and industry best practices at public fireworks display sites. The seminar also covered fireworks display site safety and management and discussed types of displays (e.g. aerial, low level, land, floating platform and barge), display site venues and permits, equipment types and set-ups, personal protective equipment, lead pyrotechnician responsibilities and dealing with emergencies on the display site. Mr. Smith also provided as overview of the Safe Explosives Act and its impact on the professional fireworks industry.

Misette Kobler, a Compliance Safety and Health Officer from OSHA's Region V Aurora, Illinois Area Office said the training course provided new insight into the hazards and variety of fireworks. Kobler said, "As a result of this training course, I am now more familiar with the pyrotechnics industry and have a better understanding of the transport, storage and display of fireworks."

APA Safety Manager Gregg Smith provides an overview of pyrotechnics industry codes and regulations to participants at the training seminar held at OSHA's Training Institute in Arlington Heights, IL on June 2, 2005.

APA Safety Manager Gregg Smith provides an overview of pyrotechnics industry codes and regulations to participants at the training seminar held at OSHA's Training Institute in Arlington Heights, IL on June 2, 2005.

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