Explosive road safety changes
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PROPOSALS for new regulations on the conveyance of explosives by road arc set out in a consultative document published by the Health and Safety Commission.
They represent the next major stage in the Commission's review of explosives legislation, following the introduction in 1983 of a new classification system under the Classification and Labelling of Explosives Regulations.
The new regulations, which will replace equivalent provisions in the Explosives Act 1875 and related legislation, cover various aspects of the conveyance of both civil and military explosives by road including construction of vehicles, training of personnel, firefighting equipment, routeing, safety precautions, procedure in the event of accident and loading /unloading.
In addition to simplifying the existing piecemeal legislation, the proposals provide for modern developments such as the use of freight containers and of vehicles using fuels other than diesel or petrol.