The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a public consultation on new regulations that will simplify and consolidate legislative provisions, and make them easier to understand. HSE is seeking views from businesses and stakeholders through an eight-week public consultation launching on the 30 July 2013 and ending on 24 September 2013. Those interested in the changes may include industry, other Government departments and third sector groups including hobbyists, as well as private individuals whose activities involve the buying or storing of explosives. The consultative document and details of how to respond to the consultation are available on the HSE website at:

CD256 – Consultation on proposal to consolidate and modernise explosives legislation

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.
Consultation began on 30 July and will end on 24 September 2013.

CD259 – Consultation on Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended)

This consultative document seeks views on HSE’s proposed revised version of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended) Approved Code of Practice (ACOP). The consultation seeks views on the content of the revised ACOP. The consultation began on 3 June and will close on 23 August 2013.

CD254 – Consultation on Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002

This consultative document seeks views on HSE’s proposed consolidated version of the following parts of the Approved Code of Practice on the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR). L134 – Design of plant, equipment and workplaces; L135 – Storage of dangerous substances; L136 – Control and mitigation measures; L137 – Safe maintenance, repair and cleaning procedures; L138 – Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres. The consultation began on 3 June 2013 and will close on 23 August 2013.

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