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

Be prepared – 12 months until new COMAH Regulations 2015 come into force

New Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations will come into force in Great Britain on 1 June 2015. The main COMAH duties will stay the same as now but there are some important changes particularly on how dangerous substances are classified and information that has to be made available to the public. For the first time, lower tier operators will have to provide public information about their site and its hazards. Both top tier (now referred to as upper tier) and lower tier operators will need to provide public information electronically and keep it up to date.


Steps you can take in the next 12 months to help you prepare include:

  • Be involved in the consultation – get a good indication      of how you may be affected by looking at the draft new COMAH Regulations      2015. Have your say – the consultation closes on 27 June http://www.hse.gov.uk/consult/condocs/cd266.htm
  • Check whether your COMAH status  is likely to      change (in or out of scope, upper or lower tier)by referring to Schedule 1      of the draft Regulations to see the hazard categories and named dangerous      substances that are in scope and their quantities, and then compare to your      substance inventory. You will need to convert your inventory from CHIP      classification to CLP. Guidance on classification is available at http://www.hse.gov.uk/chemical-classification/classification/index.htm
  • Be aware that all COMAH operators are likely to have to      send a new notification to the Competent Authority (CA) by 1 June 2016;      the updated information includes CLP categories of dangerous substances      and more detail about site surroundings (draft Regulation 6). More      information will follow on this shortly
  • Consider what new information may need to be included      in major accident prevention policies and off-site emergency plans (draft      Regulations 7 and 12)
  • Start putting plans in place for your summary of public      information that will be provided electronically by looking at what      information will be required (draft Regulation 16). The CA is planning to      provide an IT system to host this information, more detailed guidance on      this will follow
  • Review draft Regulation 9 setting out the requirements      and timescales for submission of Safety Reports and consider what new      information may be required.
  • Note that upper tier operators will still have to      prepare public information zone (PIZ) information as now (draft Regulation      17).


In the next 12 months the CA will help you prepare by:

  • Making guidance available for upper tier operators who      are reviewing safety reports before June 2015 on what new information will      need to be included after June 2015. If operators chose to, the new      information can be included in advance thereby avoiding the need to update      safety reports when the new Regulations come into force. This guidance      should also be useful for all upper tier operators to indicate what new      information will be required
  • Publishing a response to the consultation document in      Autumn 2014 to say how we will take the new Regulations forward
  • Publishing guidance on the new Regulations in March      2015
  • Aiming to launch the IT system for public information      in advance of the Regulations coming into force.

Updating the Seveso and COMAH pages on HSE’s website. We will develop the list of FAQs from questions submitted to the email enquiry account Seveso.III.Enquiries@hse.gsi.gov.uk

CD266 – Consultation on draft COMAH Regulations 2015 to implement the Seveso III Directive 2012/18/EU on the control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances, amending Council Directive 96/82/EC

This consultative document seeks views on  proposed new regulations, titled ‘The  Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 2015’ to implement all but the land use planning aspects and Article 30, ‘Heavy Fuel Oils’ of Council Directive 2012/18/EU (Seveso III Directive) on the control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances. Article 30 has already been implemented in Great Britain via a consequential amendment to the COMAH Regulations 1999, this change will be incorporated into the COMAH Regulations 2015.

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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

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