CBI Explosives Industry Group

Representing the UK Explosives Industry


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 and also maintains the EIG Law and Guidance Database

ppeThe EIG has published new guidance on the use of PPE for explosives operations available here

This publication on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been produced by a working group of the Explosives Industry Group of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) on behalf of the explosives industry. Its purpose is to provide information to help persons in the explosives industry comply with legal requirements applying to the selection, procurement, use and disposal of PPE provided for protection against hazards arising from activities involving explosives.

As part of the hierarchy of explosives hazard process control measures PPE comprises the final part of the overall hazards control system. This publication describes some examples of commonly followed practice regarding PPE within the explosives industry.  It identifies that a systematic approach to the identification of hazards, the parts of the body that may be harmed, and the selection of PPE comprises industry good practice.

Please note:- The guide includes reference to a Figure of Merit Excel spreadsheet and guide – which will be available shortly from this website.

expdemo2This new Guide contains a list of suitable demonstrations for a variety of audiences and includes, where available, links to further information.

The stimulation of potential future scientists by exciting practical demonstrations under controlled conditions is a fundamental part of all scientific education. There are many exciting experiments involving explosives and energetic systems that can be undertaken in an educational environment without requiring special permissions or extensive precautions. Examples of such experiments can be found in the Demonstrations section of this guide.

The demonstrations may be suitable for use:-

  • In schools
  • In higher educational establishments
  • As part of science festivals or demonstrations or lectures

Advice is given on a practical approach to complying with the requirements of the Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005 (MSER) for those persons who are not required to have a licence. Nothing in this guide, however, removes the requirement under Regulation 9 (2) of MSER to restrict the amount of explosives manufactured for the purposes of demonstrations.  Advice is also given on complience with the requirement for a certificate under the Control of Explosives Regulations 1991 (COER).

The guide has been produced by a joint working party of  the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Royal Institution (RI) and the Explosives Industry Group of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI/EIG).

The current version of this Guide may be downloaded by clicking this link

Explosives in Educational Demonstrations Guide

Please always ensure you have an up-to date copy.

It is presented in Adobe pdf format for viewing on screen, but also is formatted so that it may be printed as an A4 or A5 booklet.

Revision Log:

  • 24 November 2013 – V1.1 – Initial publication






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This is a list of currently available guidance identified by the Explosives Guidance Working Group of the EIF (EGWG).  It is a “work in progress” document and will be updated by members of the EGWG and EIG periodically.  If you think there is a piece of guidance missing from the list, or any other edit needed, then we would be pleased to hear from you.  Please email Charles Smith directly.  A list of explosives legislation is also available. Please see the key at the bottom of the Table for more details.  You can sort or filter the Table by clicking on the arrows in each column

Assessment Key:- 1 = Current 2 = Out of date, but still has some relevant sections 3 = Out of date – limited use 4 = Obsolete

This is a list of current UK and International Explosive law, regulations and provisions (see key at bottom of table).  It is a “work in progress” document and will be updated by members of the EIG periodically.  If you think there is a piece of legislation missing from the list, or any other edit needed, then we would be pleased to hear from you.  Please email Charles Smith directly.  A list of Guidance is also available

You can sort or filter the Table by clicking on the arrows in each column – we have tried to identify which pieces of legislation are relevant to each sector – but the tagging is not definitive – please check all relevant legislation to ensure that you comply.


Ma = Manufacturing
Im = Import
St = Storage
Tr = Transport
Re = Retail
Ex = Export
Di = Firework Displays
Sg = Stage effects etc

X = Very concerned with
P = Partly concerned with

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