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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 and a series of subsector guides have been published and EIG is delighted to host the subsector guides for you to download free of charge

These guides have been prepared by working groups involving industry and HSE, but EIG has no control over their content or their suitability for your operation.  Please ensure that you read the introduction to each guide and determine how you may need to react to comply.

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

Futher subsector guidance will be available here shortly

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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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expdemo2This 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 Explosives Regulations 2014 (ER2-14) for those persons who are not required to have a licence. Nothing in this guide, however, removes the requirement to restrict the amount of explosives manufactured for the purposes of demonstrations.  Advice is also given on compliance with the requirement for an explosive certificate under the new regulations.

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
  • 1 October 2014 – V2.1 – minor revisions for Explosives Regulations 2014

 

 

 

 

 

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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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