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 text of the Explosive Regulations can be found here
In addition to the Regulations themselves there are 2 “Overarching” guides published by HSE
Futher subsector guidance will be available here shortly
The ER2014 team at HSE would welcome feedback in terms of editorial changes, or on the content of the guides. Please use the form below to submit comments to the ER2014 team
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.
- 24 November 2013 – V1.1 – Initial publication
- 1 October 2014 – V2.1 – minor revisions for Explosives Regulations 2014
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