Changes in explosives regulation mechanisms and period of validity
Note: This is our original regulation update text, published on 23 March 2009. Unlike the rest of our site, this archived material is not updated if the law changes.
Businesses in Great Britain that manufacture, import, supply, sell or store explosives or fireworks
Took effect on
6 April 2009
From 6 April 2009, new rules will make certain changes in various regulations relating to explosives. They will also revoke numerous outdated regulations relating to the mining industries.
They will extend the maximum periods of validity of explosives certificates and storage licences as follows:
- Acquire-only certificates from one year to five years. This type of certificate allows for explosives to be acquired and possessed.
- Acquire-and-keep certificates from three years to five years. It will apply to persons with licensed or registered stores.
They will also affect certain manufacturing and storage criteria:
- the licensing authority will have the power to refuse a transfer where the transferee is not a fit person to manufacture and/or store explosives
- licensing authorities will have new powers to vary a registration
A new duty, applying to manufacturers, importers and suppliers of fireworks, requires that the net mass of explosive does not exceed the amount specified on the article, its packaging or its accompanying document. This is intended to ensure compliance with relevant limits.
The rules will also require you to provide hearing protection that complies with the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002 to workers for use at work. This technical provision corrects an omission in the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005.
- Explosives information and useful links on the Health & Safety Executive website - Opens in a new window
Full title of regulation
Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments and Revocations) Regulations 2009 [SI 2009 693]
Health and Safety Executive
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