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|Product||NEQ||Gross weight||Safety Data Sheet|
|EG25 Micro Smoke||18g||70g||EG25 PSDS|
|WP40 Smoke||50g||150g||WP40 PSDS|
|Twin Vent Burst Smoke||50g||150g||Burst PSDS|
|EG18 Smoke||100g||250g||EG18 PSDS|
|EG18X Smoke||130g||290g||EG18X PSDS|
|CM75 Smoke||250g||700g||CM75 PSDS|
|SD75 Smoke||350g||900g||SD75 PSDS|
This guide and the information in it, is just that, ‘a guide’, it is not designed to be copied and nor should it be used verbatim and presented as a risk assessment to cover your activities using EG smoke and pyrotechnics. This guide outlines some of the risks, hazards and regulatory issues that may arise and should be considered when supplying and/or using EG products. We have also included some mitigating actions that should be considered; however, the list is not exhaustive and other issues may exist in your particular circumstances.
Below are some of the main regulatory issues, risks and hazards associated with Enola Gaye / EG pyrotechnics that should be considered when supplying, handling, using, storing and transporting them; We have also suggested mitigatory action(s). Depending on your own application of these products there may be additional risks and hazards; please be mindful that we cannot know the individual circumstances you are using Enola Gaye / EG products and therefore cannot cater for every eventuality.
Only persons 18 years of age or over may be supplied and or use EG pyrotechnics.
The use of smoke or noise products may be a nuisance, cause alarm or even panic under certain circumstances. For example, if you are using white smoke, you may cause alarm as neighbouring businesses and people close by may think it’s a fire.
Smoke naturally drifts, this can potentially cause serious problems if drifting across roads by reducing visibility to traffic. Smoke drifting across footpaths may also cause problems to pedestrians.
Smoke and pyrotechnics can damage property in a variety of ways if not used correctly or consideration given to where they are used.
EG smokes will stain clothes, surfaces and property if they come in contact with the main concentrated smoke plume (within approximately 2 metres from the smoke outlet) or are exposed to prolonged smoke as the residues will build up over time.
EG pyrotechnics that go bang can throw debris intentionally or unintentionally, this debris whilst it is not harmful when the devices are used correctly, may harm people and mark or damage property, if used without consideration.
Any pyrotechnic article from any manufacturer has the potential to cause a fire, consider the surfaces that the pyrotechnics will be used on or near, are they flammable e.g. dried grass, paper, fuel?
As there is always a risk of fire, equipment should be kept on hand to tackle small fires and to prevent fires spreading. There is no way of extinguishing smoke devices or pyrotechnics once they have been ignited so firefighting should focus on the area around the smoke and preventing the spread of fire.
The amount and type of equipment you need depends on the quantity of pyrotechnics, size of the area they are being used in and the quantity of flammable material surrounding.
Once functioning pyrotechnic devices can cause burns if used incorrectly or without proper equipment. Excessive inhalation of smoke may cause breathing difficulties. Persons with existing complaints such as asthma and chest infections and other conditions which affect breathing, maybe adversely affected by over exposure to the smoke produced by these devices.
Excessive inhalation of the smoke produced may cause respiratory irritation and difficulty breathing. Remove victim to fresh air, loosen clothing around airway, keep warm and rest. Seek medical advice/attention if symptoms persist.
Burns may occur if product is not used correctly. Place burnt area under clean cold running water for at least 10 minutes. Keep the affected area clean. For serious burns seek medical attention.
Exposure to the powdered contents is not foreseen; however, If the powdered contents within a device are swallowed, immediately seek medical attention. Ensure victim is comfortable. Do not induce vomiting and only give water if directed to do so by medical personnel.
Exposure to the powdered contents is not foreseen; however, If the powdered contents within a device come into contact with eyes, remove any contact lenses and flush eyes with copious amounts of clean water or eye wash with eyelids open. Seek medical advice.
Exposure to the powdered contents is not foreseen; however, If the powdered contents within a device come into contact with skin, remove any contaminated clothing and wash exposed area with soap and water.
Commonly smokes and pyrotechnics are used in remote locations. If an accident occurs, you need to be able to contact the emergency services.
Sources of heat near pyrotechnics may cause them to ignite either individually or in bulk.
EG smoke and pyrotechnics are classified and authorised by The Canadian Explosives Regulatory Lab and Naural Resources Canada as either Hazard Group 1.4S or 1.4G. You may need to transport smokes and pyrotechnics by road to get from the place of storage to the place they will be used, or you might be sending to a customer. It is your responsibility to ensure that the products are packaged and transported the correct way according to The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act 1992 (“TDG 1992”). See below our guidance on road transport.
Unless you can park the vehicle directly next to the site where they will be used or stored, consideration will also need to be made with transporting EG products from the car park to the point of use which could be through public areas. Consideration needs to be given to security of the products to prevent theft and also to safety of the products as there may be a range of associated hazards.
At the venue, it is important that the pyrotechnics are kept secure, dry and away from sources of heat. The quantity of pyrotechnics that can be legally stored, depends on the Hazard Group, the Net Explosive Content (NEQ) and the duration of storage. Some EG products are Hazard Group 4 (PE4). Others are Hazard Group "N/A".
For further information please contact us.
No one ever foresees an accident or an emergency, but they do occur; if you have an emergency plan and never use it then great; but to not have a plan and need one, could end with an injury or worse.
Smoke and pyrotechnics produce various effects by burning chemical compositions. They are ignited by striking a fuse or pulling a metal wire/ring, the fuse ignites the effect formula which then either produces smoke or a bang or other cool effects. The effects commonly feature, heat, smoke, hot gasses, sparks, bright flames, flashes and noise which are all harmful if the instructions are not followed. If the instructions and guidance are followed then EG smoke and pyrotechnics can be great fun and enhancement to an event, photoshoot, film or training.
For all EG smokes and pyrotechnic products we recommend that Gloves and Eye protection are worn while handling and using them.
When using EG pyrotechnics especially those that disperse a filling, e.g. paint grenades, frag grenades, BB grenades, then these must only be used within a supervised area and only when all persons within the activity area are wearing the correct protective equipment.
DO NOT CARRY EG SMOKE or PYROTECHNICS IN YOUR POCKETS
Unless specifically stated on the product or the product’s safety data sheet all EG pyrotechnics are designed for Outdoor Use Only.
When using EG smoke and pyrotechnics in confined spaces e.g. bunkers, alley ways, tunnels, crowds etc. extra caution needs to be taken as to the risks and hazards posed. Smoke will linger for longer in these areas which may cause breathing problems that would not be apparent when used in a completely open area. In addition, noise is increased in confined spaces and due consideration needs to be made.
We generally advise that EG smokes and pyrotechnics are not used in confined spaces.
When using smokes our number one rule is to only use them in places where can people easily move away from the smoke if they wish?
It is illegal to use any type of smoke or pyrotechnic device regardless of manufacturer in public areas, public events, arenas or stadiums without the correct permissions and authorisations from the appropriate authorities and the appropriate insurance and risk assessment have been carried out. Who you need to ask to gain the correct permissions depends greatly on the area of use. Public places will probably be the local council, in stadiums it could be the health and safety department, security or police.
Being found with a pyrotechnic device entering or leaving a baseball or soccer game for example could lead to prosecution and imprisonment. The supporters club would not be considered proper approval.
All EG smokes and pyrotechnics are designed to be held in the hand to ignite but then they should be immediately deployed or placed on the ground. When deploying always consider the safety distance to other people and what the product may land on.
Once ignited there is a delay of 3-5 seconds or 4-6 seconds depending on the device to allow time for the user to safely deploy the device. Read the instructions.
The smoke will be produced fairly quickly after ignition, usually within about one second, always keep them pointed away from yourself and others. They are designed not to produce excessive heat so as to avoid fires.
EG pyrotechnics that produce noise will have the noise level given on the label or instructions. The noise level is such that when someone is at the safety distance, their hearing will not be damaged by the noise produced. Noise measurements are made on hard flat open ground and as such the noise will vary depending on the area of use. In general, if the area is more enclosed then the noise level goes up and if the devices are used on soft surfaces e.g. grass then the noise level will be lower.
The safety distances have been specified so as to prevent injury from heat and or noise.
Under normal conditions the smoke composition burns, sublimating the dye which condenses as it cools in the atmosphere. In addition to dye, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, various nitrogen oxides together with water vapour and various combustion products of the dyes and chemicals are also produced in the smoke. The exact nature and quantity of the smoke emissions is dependent on the atmospheric and environmental conditions at the time of release and thus ill-defined.
The coloured smoke produced by EG smokes is not toxic; however, it may cause irritation and coughing. People with existing breathing problems such as asthma and COPD may be adversely affected by the smoke and it may cause breathing difficulties just as they would do from any particulate smoke for example from a bonfire.
Although there is no information indicating the smoke is hazardous, the amount of smoke breathed in should be kept to a minimum and we recommend to avoid as much as possible breathing in the smoke.
Under no circumstances should EG pyrotechnics be tampered with, this includes re-labelling. EG products have been tested and CE marked against a strict set of standards, altering the product in any way will invalidate the CE registration and invalidate the product warranty and guarantee. EG will not accept any liability where their products have been tampered with, relabelled, modified or misused.
On rare occasions the ignited smoke or pyrotechnic may extinguish and not fully function. If this occurs do not approach the device and leave for as long as practically possible (at least 5 minutes) then carefully whilst wearing eye protection and protective gloves dispose of the product according to one of the disposal methods.
On occasion there may be a need to dispose of some “live” pyrotechnic products.
Disposal of live products should be by the method that best conforms to local and national regulation plus transport regulations where necessary.
Method 1: Submerge in a bucket of water allowing the water to enter the device, leave submerged for at least 72 hours then dispose of remnants in accordance with local or national regulations.
Method 2: Controlled burn – Place a maximum of 100 devices onto a pre-made fire and ignite remotely from a distance of at least 25 metres. Ensure fire is placed in a suitable location, not to ignite or damage surrounding vegetation, trees or buildings and away from roads, be aware of smoke drift.
Method 3: Re-pack the devices into the original supplied transport packaging and return to the supplier using a courier service registered to carry class 1 dangerous goods. This method should not be used for products that have misfired.