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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.
Please read the Introduction for more information.
The EIG has published new guidance on the use of PPE for explosives operations available here
This publication on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been produced by a working group of the Explosives Industry Group of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) on behalf of the explosives industry. Its purpose is to provide information to help persons in the explosives industry comply with legal requirements applying to the selection, procurement, use and disposal of PPE provided for protection against hazards arising from activities involving explosives.
As part of the hierarchy of explosives hazard process control measures PPE comprises the final part of the overall hazards control system. This publication describes some examples of commonly followed practice regarding PPE within the explosives industry. It identifies that a systematic approach to the identification of hazards, the parts of the body that may be harmed, and the selection of PPE comprises industry good practice.
Please note:- The guide includes reference to a Figure of Merit Excel spreadsheet and guide – which will be available shortly from this website.
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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This guidance is intended for use by
- licensees of sites holding explosives licences granted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
- Fire & Rescue Service fire safety inspectors enforcing Fire Safety Legislation (FSL)
- HSE inspectors
The purpose of this document is to highlight the legal position surrounding General and Process Fire Precautions and the interaction between fire safety and health and safety legislation. The FSL Guidance provides advice on General Fire Precautions, which applies to all factories and warehouses including explosives factories and magazines. This supplementary guidance highlights where requirements may differ from that given in the FSL Guidance’ in order to cater for the specific circumstances that are unique to buildings and sites where explosives are manufactured and stored.
This guidance aims to:
- Make explicit the appropriate standards of general fire precautions required at explosives facilities
- Describe what these precautions should entail
- Give advice on compliance with the law on emergency measures and liaison with the Fire and Rescue Service.
Following discussions within EIG and EIF AWE have kindly provided the following “Golden Rules” documents for EIG members to adapt for their own needs as necessary. EIG would be happy to publish other similar documents for the general explosives community – please email Charles Smith with copies if you can make them available.
The purpose of the documents is to provide examples of concise information sheets provided by companies for their staff. You should not copy them directly, each site and each company’s requirements will differ – but we hope these documents provide a useful starting point.