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ppeThe 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.

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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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.

EIF Fire Precautions Guide 2013

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

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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