The central task of the Testing and Evaluation of Explosives and Pyrotechnics division is the testing, evaluation, and expert advice regarding all aspects of use and handling of explosives, including articles containing explosives, and pyrotechnic articles subject to the German Explosives Act. In addition, the division addresses pyrotechnic ammuntion subject to the “Beschussgesetz” (German act on proofing of ammuntion) and the classification and assessment of substances and articles belonging to class 1 according to dangerous goods provisions.

This includes evaluation of explosive substances and articles from research and development, from accident investigations, from illeagal (criminal) handling of explosive substances, or such being extracted from articles meant for disposal, including those of military origin.
In this area the division is involved in research activities jointly with partners from enforcement authorities in Germany, and from national and international institutes with a similar scope of work, aiming at enhancing safety and security of explosives, articles containing explosives, and pyrotechnic articles.

The division is, by national statutory authorisations, the German competent authority for classifications (transport, storage), approvals (blasting accessories, pyrotechnic ammunition), and intra-community transfer approvals for explosives. It also has a distinguished expertise in the field of safety-related assessments of storage conditions for explosives and pyrotechnic articles.

The division is also actively contributing in the establishment of safety standards and regulations in a national and international context, and provides expert advice to local and federal ministries of the German government.

Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Schendler, Head of Department Chemical Safety Engineering, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)

Contact Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Schendler

Head of Department 2

Headquarters

Phone: +49 30 8104-1200