CBI Explosives Industry Group

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logo (1)Welcome to the UK Explosive Industry Group (EIG) website.  

The Explosives Industry Group of the CBI represents the majority of the UK industry explosive companies including the UK Ministry of Defence.

EIG acts as a lobby group and information source for members and includes members with interests in:-

  • Manufacture, import and export of explosives
  • Transport and Storage of explosives
  • Explosives for Civil Uses
  • Fireworks and Pyrotechnics

The EIG is represented on many Government committees and works with many UK Government Departments including:-

The EIG publishes a number of FREE guides for Industry which are available for members and non-members to download

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.

Click here: CEN TC 212 Professionnal REACH Guidance Fireworks V5

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

uksi_20151553_en  uksiem_20151553_en

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).

To down load and read further click here:  Security aide memoire

Two new European Directives in the UK – Directive 2013/29/EU which harmonises the obligations of economic operators and Directive 2014/58/EU which introduces new requirements to improve the traceability of pyrotechnic articles.

The draft regulations are included in the consultation document which may be viewed on the BIS website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/pyrotechnic-articles-safety-regulations-2015-implementation-of-eu-directives

If you wish to make comments the closing date of this consultation is Thursday 22nd January 2015.  There is a short summary below.

Christine Knox  – Assistant Director

 

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?

This consultation will be relevant to:

manufacturers, importers and distributors of pyrotechnic articles;
bodies involved in the conformity assessment of pyrotechnic articles (currently there are no such bodies in the UK); and enforcement authorities with responsibilities for pyrotechnic articles such as trading standards and the Health and Safety Executive

What are the main changes?

There will be new labelling requirements for manufacturers and importers and, along with distributors, they will also have to keep records of the registration number of articles, who they have sold pyrotechnic articles to and who has supplied them, for 10 years.  They will also have new obligations to take action over unsafe articles that they have put on the market.

The following PowerPoint presentations were giving at the EIG AGM 2014 held on the 4th December 2014

Click on the title to download

EIG AGM 2014

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