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  • Although the petition addressed consumer items there is concern about the debate extending discussion to all use of fireworks.  We have obvious sympathies with those affected but do not believe restrictions on use are merited, justified or would really be enforceable
  • The key to managing consumer or public firework displays and their effect on people/animals etc is education and information – education in terms of what is appropriate to use where (and when) and then informing those who might be affected so that they can take any necessary measures
  • The industry is happy to work with Govt. and others to promote this and to develop and distribute guidance where appropriate.  We have already done this to an extent and used to have reasonable relations with the RSPCA (but they have jumped on this bandwagon and are using it to further old aims – not genuinely address the issue – see for instance yesterday’s press)
  • Consumer displays are watched by approx. 12 million people, professional displays by a similar amount (but there is obvious overlap).  The pleasure, financial benefit (to organisations, charities and others, as well as those in the trade) etc is obvious.  The number of complaints is very small and the safety record of the UK is probably the best in Europe
  • The noise limits already imposed are quite strict, but are realistic.  The RSPCA’s call for 95dB is unjustified and has little scientific backing – 95dB is roughly the sound level made by dropping a heavy book on a table as witnessed 1m away
  • UK Industry through the BPA has worked tirelessly with HSE and BIS to promote the safe and appropriate use of fireworks.  They have also been at the forefront of developing new European Standards, producing guidance and establishing a qualification which is endorsed by City & Guilds.  We are a responsible industry who take those responsibilities seriously
  • We fully support attempts to crack down on the illegal import or manufacture and use of fireworks

csmg25At the EIG General Management Committee meeting held on 8th March Brig. Charles Smith was presented with an engraved pen set by the current Chairman, Martin Guest, to commemorate his 25 years as General Secretary of the EIG.

Charles said

It has been an enormous privilege and pleasure to have served EIG over these years and seeing the CBI itself  change in so many significant ways, but helping to ensure than EIG remain within the body of the CBI ‘Family’, has been  a major plank in my role for the continuation of the Group – the future of which is currently robust and still influential under the CBI Banner.

Many congratulations to Charles for this outstanding achievement and we all look forward to many years more to come viagra online canada mastercard.

Following the M5 incident in 2011 and many meetings with both the Coroner and various Government departments we agreed to highlight some of the potential issues surrounding the generation of firework smoke and fog – particularly in the run up to the November 5th period.

Firstly, however, it is important to appreciate that the Coroner found that firework smoke was not to blame for the tragic accident on the M5 near Taunton, but he did state that it could not be ruled out as a contributory factor.

In conditions of very high humidity it is possible that smoke from any source can trigger and contribute to the production of a dense fog.

This possibility should form part of the overall site and product specific risk assessment at any display but particularly when:-

  1. The location is near to a river or other source of high humidity (eg dew)
  2. When certain wind directions could carry smoke towards a road
  3. There is little wind to disperse fog or smoke

The Coroner recommended that all display sites should have some means of assessing the wind strength and direction and had means to stop the display if smoke became a serious issue.  As part of the risk assessment process therefore we recommend that you consider:-

  1. Whether the site and the display have the potential to impact on local roads should the conditions become foggy
  2. What cancellation or curtailment criteria are appropriate for the display – and that all parties understand and “sign up” to these
  3. How the wind strength and direction can be assessed – this could be from local measurements and/or from local sources
  4. Whether the site merits “spotters” to be able to report back to the firers if smoke becomes an issue
  5. How the information will be communicated to the firing team
  6. How the emergency services (usually through the Police) might be alerted and by whom in case smoke and/or fog threatens a nearby road

The UK has an excellent safety record for professionally fired displays, and no-one wants to see displays cancelled or not commissioned because of the M5 accident.  The consideration of the effects of firework smoke in a sensible and proportionate risk assessment, taking into consideration all the above factors, is the best way (alongside training) to prevent any similar occurrence in the future.

The BPA firers and senior firers qualifications now include a section on the effects of smoke, and we recommend that your firing teams are brought up to date with this new section before the time of their next renewal of their qualification.   A special short presentation is available on the BPA website titled smoke issues click here

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.

More information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/licensing-for-home-users-of-explosives-precursors.

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