What We Do


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.

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