Below is a letter to all holders of fireworks classifications.
This letter describes the outcomes of the review of the period of validity of Competent Authority Documents for fireworks commissioned by Dr Daniels (HMCIE), provides an update on turnaround times and includes Dave Adams’ ‘top tips’ for complete applications:
At the EIG General Management Committee meeting held on 8th March Brig. Charles Smith was presented with an engraved pen set by the current Chairman, Martin Guest, to commemorate his 25 years as General Secretary of the EIG.
It has been an enormous privilege and pleasure to have served EIG over these years and seeing the CBI itself change in so many significant ways, but helping to ensure than EIG remain within the body of the CBI ‘Family’, has been a major plank in my role for the continuation of the Group – the future of which is currently robust and still influential under the CBI Banner.
Many congratulations to Charles for this outstanding achievement and we all look forward to many years more to come.
The REACH working group, which was mandated by CEN to produce guidance on the application of REACH to pyrotechnic articles in general, and fireworks in particular, has prepared the attached draft guide.
The working group will shortly approach both the REACH authorities and the European Commission and present this guide – which concludes that in almost all cases fireworks should be considered as articles under REACH and not as containers for substances (the exception being sublimed dye containing smoke generators).
The onus on determining whether an article falls within scope of REACH rests with the importer of the product (obviously true manufacturers may be importing raw chemicals in quantities subject to the REACH requirements) but may be subject to challenge by the enforcing authorities. This guide provides a pan-European rationale behind the conclusion that most fireworks are ARTICLES under REACH (despite ECHA’s own guidance) and has been endorsed by many European Associations as well as by BAM (The German authority akin to HSE).
The Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015 have been implemented today (21.07.15). They bring in new provisions which harmonise the obligations of economic operators and introduce new requirements to improve the traceability of pyrotechnic articles.
The Regulations and Explanatory Note are below. The impact assessment and transposition note are available alongside the regulations on the legislation.gov.uk website at www.legislation.gov.uk/id/uksi/2015/1553
What is this consultation about?
The consultation is about how the UK implements two new EU Directives on pyrotechnic articles – which include fireworks. As the Directives have already been made, we can’t influence their contents. But we do want to get the views of stakeholders on how we are implementing those Directives. We have set out a number of specific questions on which we are asking for responses. We plan to get rid of the old pyrotechnic regulations (Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2010) and replace them with a new set of regulations. A draft of the new regulations is in the consultation document.
Who will be interested in it?
Industry Guidance and Aide Memoire for DfT and HSE Inspectors for Licenced Explosives Sites
The Health and Safety Executive Explosives Inspectorate (HSE) and the Department for Transport (DfT) have previously agreed the division of roles and responsibilities in respect of the security of explosives during the entire transport logistics train. This guide updates the information in light of the publication of the Explosives Regulations 2014 (ER2014) and the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 (as amended) (CDGUTPER).