Representing the UK Explosives Industry


This guide will assist those who manage explosives sites, licensed by the HSE under the Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations (MSER) 2005[1](as amended), if they need to justify that it is acceptable, for persons not directly involved in explosives operations, to occupy a non-explosives building that is inside the Inhabited Building Distance (IBD) of a Potential Explosion Site (PES). Such justification will require demonstration that an equivalent level of safety is provided for those people, to that which would be achieved by the application of the relevant Separation Distance.

This guide describes accepted practice within the explosives industry. By following the guidance, persons would normally be compliant with their legal duties. HSE and the explosives industry may refer to this guidance as illustrating good practice.

click here: EIG_CBI Occupied Buildings Guide v1

There have been many requests for EIG to republish its guide to "Fireworks Safety Information"

The updated guide can be downloaded here – EIG FW 2007 Guide

You may wish to know that all back issues of Fireworks are now back in print.

You can order any you require at: 

To see the contents of any particular issue, click the issue number, but return to the Back Issues page (on which you started) to order and go onto the next issue in which you are interested.

To order on click ‘Add To Basket’ to the right of UK ONLY (or ‘Outside UK Only’ if appropriate). We have re-printed all issues, many of which have been out of print for many years. The new printings are usually of a better quality than the original.

Thank you. Best regards, John Bennett

The Journal of Pyrotechnics is pleased to announce that all the content of the Journal is now available online at This marks a major step forward for the Journal and will offer instant access, via PayPal subscription, to the archive of material from the Journal, dating back to 1995. The database of archives offers the following features:

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