New HSE legislation comes into force
October 6, 2014
On 01st October, HSE enforced three different health and safety regulations across the UK. These changes surround worker safety and public safety when working with explosives, flammable substances and chemicals.
To deliver these new legislations HSE have worked closely with people in industry in order to modernise and simplify their processes. The three areas that these changes will affect are related to acetylene, petroleum and explosives.
The main elements that will change as a result of these new legislations are as follows:
As of the 1st October, there is now one set of regulations surrounding working with acetylene. The main changes for those working with acetylene simplify the complex processes involved with using this substance.
- HSE now does not need to approve certain acetylene equipment. Those using this equipment will only need to comply with current standards set in place by HSE.
- The current complex approval process for manufacturing, compressing and filling cylinders with acetylene will be changing to include licences. This applies to cylinders greater than 0.62 bar.
The changes relating to petroleum are predominantly about storage. Those who store petrol, either for retail or private reasons will need to follow the new regulations as set out below. The main points revolves around the licensing system being replaced by a certification scheme.
- To store petrol at a petrol filling station a certification will be needed.
- These certifications will need to be issued by the Petroleum Enforcement Authority (PEA) and will then be enforced by the PEA.
- The certificate will become invalid if the prescribed materials change. This means a ceasing to use or decommissioning of petrol storage tanks or the moving of any tanks, pipe work, petrol pump or dispenser to a new location.
Companies dealing with explosives will now be dealing with much more simplified, consolidated regulations as outlined below. These will look to improve public and worker safety when manufacturing, storing and handling explosives.
- A 5 year licence can now be issued by local authorities.
- Extensions will now be available for storage of ammonium nitrate blasting intermediate (ANBI).
- Separation distances involving explosives have now been restructured.
- A revised list of explosives that can be stored without certificate has been issued.
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