Our Roots

"The exchange of experiences to prevent work accidents is a humanitarian task, a moral and social mission and no effort undertaken for this purpose can be considered as too great".

Founding statement

This conviction gave birth to what is now known as SAFEX International. Marcel Niffeler, President of "Fabrique Suisse d'Explosifs de Dottikon", wrote it in October 1953 when he decided to create an organisation that would prevent work accidents in the explosives industry. He proposed to achieve this through an international exchange of experiences and invited the Austrian company Dynamit Nobel Wien and the Italian company Dynamite d'Udine to participate in the establishment of such an organisation. 

First Members

In 1954, there were 8 member companies from 5 different European countries that voluntary declared their willingness to exchange explosives experiences.


The first Congress was held in Zurich on 29 and 30 September, 1960. There were 56 delegates at this Congress representing 26 companies from 14 countries.

It was decided to hold such a Congress every three years, a practice which has continued to this day.

SAFEX Newsletter

The SAFEX Newsletter was initiated for all members and other interested parties:

  • To inform the SAFEX Community of what is happening in SAFEX.
  • To provide a forum for readers to learn from the published articles and opinions expressed.
  • To encourage networking among members of the SAFEX Community.
  • To ensure SHE practices stay current and is shared.

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Incident Notification

Members can now notify SAFEX of incidents online by completing the Notification of Incident form after accessing the restricted pages (Intranet) with their access codes.

If your Company is a SAFEX Member and you don't have your individual access codes, please request them using the Member Nomination Form. Please do NOT use anyone else's access codes