November 11, 2014

Simpler explosives regulations to take effect

The revised regulations, which apply to those who manufacture and store compressed acetylene gas and to the explosives industry, are designed to help reduce the regulatory burden on business and regulators by clarifying and simplifying requirements.

They will replace the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for the Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005, other legislative instruments and current explosives guidance. Key changes in the acetylene safety regulations include:

The main changes in the regulatory framework for explosives include:

  • allowing local authorities to issue licences up to five years, aligning them with equivalent HSE/police-issued licences;
  • extending licensing to address storage of ammonium nitrate blasting intermediate; and
  • updating exceptions for keeping higher hazard and desensitised explosives without a licence.

More information on the regulations can be found on the HSE website here.

While these changes may affect only a limited number of businesses, enterprises of all sizes need to be sure they stay abreast and compliant with both sector-specific changes to health and safety rules as well as those that apply more generally. For more information about matters relating to health and safety legislation, please visit or contact Kevin James.

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