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Have your say on proposed explosives regulations

30 July 2013

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a public consultation on new regulations that will simplify and consolidate the safety legislation for explosives.

The consolidated set of regulations (referred to as the Explosives Regulations 2014 (ER 2014)) cover the safety of workers and the public when manufacturing, handling and storing explosives. They also include European requirements in relation to product safety.

HSE is seeking views from businesses and stakeholders through an eight-week public consultation that begins today, 30 July 2013, and ends on 24 September 2013. Those interested in the changes may include industry, other Government departments, third sector groups, and individual users such as hobbyists.

The consultative document and details of how to respond to the consultation are available on the HSE website at:

Peter Brown, Head of HID Major Hazard Policy, said:

"The draft regulations consolidate, modernise, and, where practicable, simplify the current legislative arrangements. They will aid clarity and reduce burdens on industry without reducing safety standards. The new regulations will encompass elements of one Act, ten pieces of secondary legislation and fifteen exemption certificates."

As part of the consolidation, ER 2014 will remove duplicate provisions in existing legislation and minimise potential confusion by producing a single set of common definitions.

As a result of the consolidation HSE will produce a new suite of overarching guidance identifying the principles of safe and secure operation, supplemented by sub-sector specific guidance. Subject to the consultation, it is intended that these will replace the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for the Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005 and the current explosive guidance.

Notes to editors

  1. The consolidation was one of the recommendations of the review of health and safety undertaken by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt. The review is available on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) website at
  2. Subject to the outcome of the consultation and ministerial approval, the consolidated Regulations will come into effect from October 2014.
  3. The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice; promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice; and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.

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