Representing the UK Explosives Industry


The Home Office will be implementing EU regulation 98/2013 on the Marketing and Use of Explosives Precursors on 2 September 2014.

The Control of Explosives Precursors Regulations 2014 restricts the sale of certain chemicals that can be used in the illicit manufacture of explosives precursors to members of the general public unless they hold a licence. Businesses selling restricted chemicals must  ensure a warning label is affixed and must verify the buyer has a licence.

The regulation also introduces requirements to report suspicious transactions and significant thefts and disappearances.

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logo (1)Welcome to the UK Explosive Industry Group (EIG) website.  

The Explosives Industry Group of the CBI represents the majority of the UK industry explosive companies including the UK Ministry of Defence.

EIG acts as a lobby group and information source for members and includes members with interests in:-

  • Manufacture, import and export of explosives
  • Transport and Storage of explosives
  • Explosives for Civil Uses
  • Fireworks and Pyrotechnics

The EIG is represented on many Government committees and works with many UK Government Departments including:-

The EIG publishes a number of FREE guides for Industry which are available for members and non-members to download and also maintains the EIG Law and Guidance Database

HSE’s primary concern is that only safe category 4 fireworks, theatrical and pyrotechnic products are placed on the market. HSE Inspectors will take a sensible and proportionate approach to enforcement if they come across these items after 4 July 2013.

The focus of any regulatory activity will be on ensuring these products are safe for supply and use and, in the absence of national standards for these types of pyrotechnic products, HSE will expect the industry to ensure that category 4 fireworks, theatrical and pyrotechnic products comply with the Essential Safety Requirements of the Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2010.

Businesses have a responsibility to ensure that they place safe products on the market and it is essential that they continue to meet these duties.

This is consistent with the approach being taken by BIS and Trading Standards.

Alison Wellens

Hazardous Installations Directorate

Health and Safety Executive

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This consultative document seeks views on HSE’s proposed consolidated version of the following parts of the Approved Code of Practice on the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR). L134 – Design of plant, equipment and workplaces; L135 – Storage of dangerous substances; L136 – Control and mitigation measures; L137 – Safe maintenance, repair and cleaning procedures; L138 – Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres.

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