Representing the UK Explosives Industry


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

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EIG AGM 2014

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 Regulations

The text of the Explosive Regulations can be found here

Overarching guidance

In addition to the Regulations themselves there are 2 “Overarching” guides published by HSE

Safety of explosives L150

Security of explosives L151

Subsector guidance

The use of explosives in educational demonstrations

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