Representing the UK Explosives Industry


This Guide has been produced by a joint working group of the explosives industry, specialist engineers for blast resistant structures and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)/Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR), on behalf of the Explosives Industry Group of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

This Guide takes into account developments and lessons in the field since the publication of the 1st Edition in May 2011, which is superseded.

It will assist those who manufacture and store explosives to provide equivalent levels of protection to people or explosives through structural engineering means, rather than compliance with the expected minimum separation distances (Quantity-Distances, QDs).  Due to time and cost, it is unlikely to be the chosen route to Licensing, where compliance with HSE’s published separation distances can be easily achieved.

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Following the introduction of the Explosives Regulations 2014 EIG has produced a series of Brief Guides to assist members of the explosives industry.  These brief guides are not intended to replace the HSE sub-sector guides to ER2014 but to point users where to find more information.  The guides are subject to review and users should ensure they have an up to date copy from this website.

eigbriefPlease read the Introduction for more information.

#1 – Commercial manufacture of explosives

#2 – Commercial storage of larger quantities or higher hazard explosives

#3 – Storage of explosives at mines, quarries and in support of similar activities such as demolition

#4 – Professional firework display operators

#5 – Manufacture and storage of ANBI

#6 – Wholesale storage of hazard type 3 and hazard type 4 fireworks

#7 – Retail of hazard type 3 and hazard type 4 fireworks

#8 – Retail of pyrotechnic articles

#9 -Storage of pyrotechnic articles in support of other commercial activities

#10 – Using explosives in an educational environment

#11 – The 24 hour rule

#12 – Military explosives and CE marking

#13 – Explosive Classification

Guide on Risk AssessmentA Practical approach to Risk Assessment which is relevant to small companies including wholesale and retail organizations involved in the storage, distribution and supply of explosives including fireworks.

The guide has been prepared in association with the Explosives Industry Forum.

The guide may be downloaded free of charge – Risk Assessment Guide

EIG has been long involved with the explosives port licence at Felixstowe and we are pleased that HSE have now agreed a way forward to incorporate both substances and articles onto this licence.

To download the details of the licence and appendices click here: _0927103301_001.pdf   _1002123111_001.pdf

In all instances of doubt about the application of this new license, reference should be made to John Meyrick, Dangerous Goods Officer at the Port.  Tel: 01395 604504 – email:

Please note: The reference to ‘80 per year’, refers to the maximum number of lifts annually permitted by this revised special licence.

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