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 Explosive Industry Forum (EIF)
- The Explosive Storage and Transport Committee of the MOD (ESTC)
- The COMAH and Gas Charging Panel
- The British Standards Institute (BSI)
- The Explosive Inspectorate of HSE (HSE XI)
- The Department for Transport (DfT)
- The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
The EIG publishes a number of FREE guides for Industry which are available for members and non-members to download
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
Following the introduction of the Explosives Regulations 2014 EIG has produced a series of Brief Guides to assist members of the explosives industry. These brief guides are not intended to replace the HSE sub-sector guides to ER2014 but to point users where to find more information. The guides are subject to review and users should ensure they have an up to date copy from this website.
Please read the Introduction for more information.
Following the M5 incident in 2011 and many meetings with both the Coroner and various Government departments we agreed to highlight some of the potential issues surrounding the generation of firework smoke and fog – particularly in the run up to the November 5th period.
Firstly, however, it is important to appreciate that the Coroner found that firework smoke was not to blame for the tragic accident on the M5 near Taunton, but he did state that it could not be ruled out as a contributory factor.
In conditions of very high humidity it is possible that smoke from any source can trigger and contribute to the production of a dense fog.
This possibility should form part of the overall site and product specific risk assessment at any display but particularly when:-
- The location is near to a river or other source of high humidity (eg dew)
- When certain wind directions could carry smoke towards a road
- There is little wind to disperse fog or smoke
The Coroner recommended that all display sites should have some means of assessing the wind strength and direction and had means to stop the display if smoke became a serious issue. As part of the risk assessment process therefore we recommend that you consider:-
- Whether the site and the display have the potential to impact on local roads should the conditions become foggy
- What cancellation or curtailment criteria are appropriate for the display – and that all parties understand and “sign up” to these
- How the wind strength and direction can be assessed – this could be from local measurements and/or from local sources
- Whether the site merits “spotters” to be able to report back to the firers if smoke becomes an issue
- How the information will be communicated to the firing team
- How the emergency services (usually through the Police) might be alerted and by whom in case smoke and/or fog threatens a nearby road
The UK has an excellent safety record for professionally fired displays, and no-one wants to see displays cancelled or not commissioned because of the M5 accident. The consideration of the effects of firework smoke in a sensible and proportionate risk assessment, taking into consideration all the above factors, is the best way (alongside training) to prevent any similar occurrence in the future.
The BPA firers and senior firers qualifications now include a section on the effects of smoke, and we recommend that your firing teams are brought up to date with this new section before the time of their next renewal of their qualification. A special short presentation is available on the BPA website titled smoke issues click here
The Explosives Regulations 2014 (ER2014) came into force on 1st October 2014. They replace many old explosive specific Regulations (including MSER and COER) and although the layout of the Regulations has changed significantly, the general content of them remain the same.
Two overarching guides have been published .
The text of the Explosive Regulations can be found here
In addition to the Regulations themselves there are 2 “Overarching” guides published by HSE