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June 2007

Following the successful meeting at Derby last year and as promised, EIG and BPA have arranged a day’s seminar on all aspects regarding the use of mortars and mortar racking systems in professionally fired firework displays. The meeting will be held at Centrepoint, London on 3rd July 2007 and to which you are invited. The meeting will be open to the whole professional firework display industry but with priority going to EIG and BPA members. Places may be limited by the size of the room available.

There will be a nominal charge (£20 +VAT per head) for BPA/EIG members – non-members will be charged £40 + VAT per head to cover expenses. A light lunch will be provided.

We are in the process of finalising the presentations and speakers, but the outline format will be likely to include the following topics:-

Design and use of mortars and review of mortar failures

Review of accidents from shells at professionally fired firework displays

Design and use of mortar racking systems – presentations by the Health & Safety Laboratory and by Kimbolton Fireworks

The risks associated with firing shells – a semi quantified assessment - and evaluation of the costs and benefits of change

Ways forward – what could, or should be done

Both HSE and HSL will be represented at the meeting, and we hope that the meeting will both serve to update the widest industry on recent accidents, developments and research, and to enable both industry and enforcers to have a common understanding of the problems and any possible solutions for the future.

To book contact The Explosives Industry Group or The British Pyrotechnists Association

Or contact organisers, Davas Ltd, at: 8 Aragon Place, Kimbolton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 0JD (Phone: 01480 860124; Fax: 01480 861108)

Payment may be made by cheque (made payable to “Davas Ltd” and please detail the names of those attending) and by credit card via the BPA and EIG websites – please consult the websites for further information about the event.

We look forward to seeing as many representatives from the industry as possible, and to a productive and informative event

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