Representing the UK Explosives Industry


expdemo2This new 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 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.

Revision Log:

  • 24 November 2013 – V1.1 – Initial publication






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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

Online versions of the Drafts for CEN Enquiry from  CEN/TC 212/WG 5

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Anyone can view and comment on the online versions by logging onto the system (after registering on the first visit). The public comment period for these drafts ends on 31 July 2011

This Specialised Industry Report has been produced by a joint working group of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and AWE plc on behalf of the Explosives Industry Group of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
This Specialised Industry Report is based on licensing work undertaken by AWE and QinetiQ with HSE between 2006 and 2010.
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 normally advised 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 QDs can be easily achieved.
This Specialised Industry Report describes guidance on accepted practice within the explosives industry. Following it is not compulsory and persons are free to take other action in order to achieve equivalent levels of safety. By following the guidance in this report, persons would normally be compliant with their legal duties. HSE and the CBI Explosives Industry Group may refer to this Specialised Industry Report as illustrating good practice .

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