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View handling of airbag and belt tensioner units

Airbags and belt tensioners contain pyrotechnic substances (detonators). Therefore, they are subject to the Explosives Act. If handled improperly, these components pose considerable risks that can lead to serious injuries and even death. Assembly and disassembly of airbag modules and belt tensioners may only be carried out by knowledgeable, trained personnel.

If you handle airbag or belt tensioner units of subcategory T1 - or according to the new designation of category P1 - in the context of a commercial activity, but without igniting them (for example, when installing and removing them in automotive workshops), you do not need a permit according to § 7 of the Explosives Act. However, the prerequisite for this exemption from the permit requirement is that the handling is carried out by trained personnel – i.e. with limited specialist knowledge.
If, as an employer, you have airbag or belt tensioner units of subcategory T1 (or category P1) handled for the first time in your company, you must report this in writing.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

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