What We Do

  • Safety Library Publications (SLPs)
  • Tonnage Reporting
  • Standardization Efforts
  • Government Affairs

Safety Library Publications (SLPs)

IME has made recommendations on a variety of safety and security issues relating to the manufacture, handling, use and transportation of explosives.  These recommendations have been published as safety library publications (SLPs).

The SLPs are reviewed and updated regularly by IME committees and member company personnel.  There are a total of 18 publications.

The SLP publications have been recognized by both industry and government as a valuable resource for the explosives industry.

Tonnage Reporting

IME has been providing statistical data on explosives consumption in the US to the US Geological Survey (USGS).  The data is compiled from input from all US producers, not only member companies.  The information is a valuable resource and can be found on the USGS website.

Standardization Efforts

IME has made its priority to standardize products, sizes, containers and procedures used in the explosives industry.  Some measures have been adopted in publications as standards while others have resulted in suggestions and recommendations for industry.


IME contracted APT Research to develop a risk assessment software called IMESAFR. The IMESAFR program is an analytical tool to map and visualize facility layouts to assess risk.  Now explosives risk managers can look at the site location and model for explosive siting.

The IMESAFR software could become the "standard" for future global commercial explosives operations.

Government Affairs

IME formed a Government Affairs committee in 2014. The long-term goal of the government affairs strategy is to enhance and strengthen IME's reputation as the Voice of the Commercial Explosives Industry among lawmakers and before regulatory bodies and to leverage industry influence to ensure the member concerns are understood and addressed.

IME Partner Organizations

  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
      Technical Committee on Explosives, NFPA 495 and 498
      Technical Committee on Static Electricity, NFPA 77
      Technical Committee on Lightning, NFPA 780
      Chair of the Task Force on Buildings that House Explosives
      Author of chapters on explosives in the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook
      and the NFPA Inspection Manual
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
      Committee on Safety Requirements for Construction and Demolition
      Operations, ANSI A10.7
  • International Code Council
  • International Building Code
  • International Fire Code
  • International Society of Explosives Engineers Security Committee
  • Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC) Perchlorate Working Group
  • Dangerous Goods Advisory Council -- Board Member
  • Council on Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles -- Member
  • United Nations (UN) - NGO & Member of US Delegation
      Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
      Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling (GHS)
      UN Model Recommendations and Test Manual
  • International Conference of Chief Inspectors of Explosives -- Guest/observer
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
      International Group of experts on the explosion risks of Unstable Substances (IGUS)
      Explosive, Propellants and Pyrotechnics (EPP) Working Group -- Guest/observer
  • Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board (DDESB)
      Risk Based Explosives Safety Criteria Team (RBESCT)
      SAFER explosives risk model -- Guest/member
  • Federation of European Explosives Manufacturers (FEEM) -- Associate Status
  • Canadian Explosives Industry Association (CEAEC) -- Guest Participant
  • National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) -- Council Member
  • Interested Parties for Hazardous Materials Transportation -- Co-facilitator
  • DHS Chemical Sector Security Council -- Council Member