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.
- 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Assessment Key:- 1 = Current 2 = Out of date, but still has some relevant sections 3 = Out of date – limited use 4 = Obsolete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
This guidance is intended for use by
- licensees of sites holding explosives licences granted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
- Fire & Rescue Service fire safety inspectors enforcing Fire Safety Legislation (FSL)
- HSE inspectors
The purpose of this document is to highlight the legal position surrounding General and Process Fire Precautions and the interaction between fire safety and health and safety legislation. The FSL Guidance provides advice on General Fire Precautions, which applies to all factories and warehouses including explosives factories and magazines. This supplementary guidance highlights where requirements may differ from that given in the FSL Guidance’ in order to cater for the specific circumstances that are unique to buildings and sites where explosives are manufactured and stored.
This guidance aims to:
- Make explicit the appropriate standards of general fire precautions required at explosives facilities
- Describe what these precautions should entail
- Give advice on compliance with the law on emergency measures and liaison with the Fire and Rescue Service.
Click below for the consolidated amendments to the 17th edition of the UN Model Regulations is now available on the UNECE website at http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trans/doc/2012/dgac10/ST-SG-AC10-40a1e_def.doc