Monthly Archives: July 2013

CD256 – Consultation on proposal to consolidate and modernise explosives legislation

Please visit the below link to View the consultative document from HSE:


This consultation seeks views on HSE’s proposals to consolidate and modernise the explosives legislative framework in GB. The new regulatory structures will, where practicable, simplify the current legislative arrangements for explosives making the requirements easier to understand. As part of this work, HSE is also seeking views on the proposal to withdraw the Approved code of practice to the Manufacture and storage of Explosives Regulations 2005 (MSER). The consolidation is part of the sector specific consolidations recommended by Professor Löfstedt’s independent review of health and safety legislation ‘Reclaiming health and safety for all’ which are to be delivered by April 2015.

The new Explosives Regulations will consolidate elements of one Act, ten pieces of secondary legislation and fifteen exemption certificates. The proposed consolidation does not dilute or substantially alter existing health, safety and security requirements. The proposed regulations aim to improve ease of use for businesses. Additionally, where opportunities to reduce burdens on business have been identified or where evidence suggests greater control of potential hazards is required, new requirements have been proposed. We are also consulting on the proposal to consolidate and modernise the supporting guidance framework in light of any changes to the legislation.



Revised guidance to the Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2010

This Guidance replaces the version issued in November 2012.  Only the section on Transitional Provisions (pages 12 and 13) has been revised, to update the implementation of this part of the regulations.


Click here:  2013 July BIS Guidance to Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations

HSE regulatory activity in relation to Category 4 Theatrical and Pyrotechnic products

HSE’s primary concern is that only safe category 4 fireworks, theatrical and pyrotechnic products are placed on the market. HSE Inspectors will take a sensible and proportionate approach to enforcement if they come across these items after 4 July 2013.

The focus of any regulatory activity will be on ensuring these products are safe for supply and use and, in the absence of national standards for these types of pyrotechnic products, HSE will expect the industry to ensure that category 4 fireworks, theatrical and pyrotechnic products comply with the Essential Safety Requirements of the Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2010.

Businesses have a responsibility to ensure that they place safe products on the market and it is essential that they continue to meet these duties.

This is consistent with the approach being taken by BIS and Trading Standards.

Alison Wellens

Hazardous Installations Directorate

Health and Safety Executive

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draft meeting June 2013