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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  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

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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