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 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.
Please find below link to draft regulations to amend MSER and other regulations
HSE has issued an exemption certificate that removes the requirement to report certain unintentional ignitions as dangerous occurrences. The exemption comes into immediate effect, but it is a condition of the exemption that the specific ignitions shall have been registered beforehand with HSE. A copy of the exemption certificate is attached.
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