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UK HSE publishes updated explosives regulations

12 September 2014

The UK Health & Safety Executive's Explosives Regulations 2014 will come into force on 1 October 2014, and the Approved Code of Practice to the Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005 will be withdrawn.

L139 Manufacture and storage of explosives. Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005. Approved Code of Practice and guidance applies up to and including 30 September 2014.

From 1 October 2014 when the Explosives Regulations 2014 come into effect, the guidance in L150 will apply. A draft version of L150 is available for download, or a printed copy can be ordered, which will be despatched after 1 October 2014. Any copy downloaded before 1 October 2014 may be subject to further change before the Explosives Regulations come into effect.

About this guidance

This publication is for anyone who has duties under the safety provisions of the Explosives Regulations 2014, particularly employers, private individuals and other people manufacturing explosives, storing larger quantities of explosives or storing explosives that present higher hazards.

It provides overarching guidance on how the safety provisions of the Regulations should be met. It is supported by subsector guidance to be published over the summer. You should use the relevant subsector guidance to support and supplement this guidance.

L150 Safety provisions should be read alongside L151 Security provision.

What has changed?

·  Merging registrations into the licensing system
·  Allowing local authorities to issue licences up to 5 years, aligning them with equivalent HSE/police-issued licences
·  Extending licensing to address storage of ammonium nitrate blasting intermediate (ANBI)
·  Exceptions for keeping desensitised explosives without a licence have been updated
·  Tables of separation distances have been restructured to better allow for sites with more than one store. The tables have also been revised to cover quantities of explosives greater than 2000kg
·  A revised list of explosives that can be acquired or acquired and kept without an explosives certificate from the police
·  The repeal of the Fireworks Act 1951, as its remaining provisions have been superseded by the Pyrotechnic (Safety) Regulations 2010

HSE will also bring out the following new publications:
* Simpler explosives and acetylene regulations 
* Working safely with acetylene – revised publication


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