The Explosives Regulations 2014 will come into force on 1 October 2014, and provides guidance to anyone who has duties under the safety provisions of the Regulations particularly employers, private individuals and other people manufacturing explosives, storing larger quantities of explosives or storing explosives that present higher hazards.

The existing Approved Code of Practice to the Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005 will be withdrawn.

The changes that have been made to the Regulations include:

  • Merging registrations into the licensing system
  • Allowing local authorities to issue licences up to 5 years, aligning them with equivalent HSE/police-issued licences
  • Extending licensing to address storage of ammonium nitrate blasting intermediate (ANBI)
  • Exceptions for keeping desensitised explosives without a licence have been updated
  • Tables of separation distances have been restructured to better allow for sites with more than one store. The tables have also been revised to cover quantities of explosives greater than 2000kg
  • A revised list of explosives that can be acquired or acquired and kept without an explosives certificate from the police.
  • The repeal of the Fireworks Act 1951, as its remaining provisions have been superseded by the Pyrotechnic (Safety) Regulations 2010

Further details and a copy of the ACop is available from the HSE website.