Are you about to break the law on explosives storage?

When the calendar clicked over to October 1st, you could unwittingly have broken the law – and you could still be doing it.

That was the date on which new regulations came into force for storing explosives, replacing the Approved Code of Practice to the Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005.

The new legislation is The Explosives Regulations 2014, and incorporates a number of changes. These are:

• Merging registrations into the licensing system

CabinetAllowing local authorities to issue licences of up to five 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 2,000kg

• 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• The repeal of the Fireworks Act 1951, as its remaining provisions have been superseded by the Pyrotechnic (Safety) Regulations 2010

More detailed guidance is in the documents L150 and L151 available from the Health and safety Executive. The former looks at safety provisions, the latter at security. It has been possible to download copies, but the HSE advises that those copies may have been subject to change before the new rules came into effect, and suggest it would be best to check.

Those affected by the new regulations particularly include employers, private individuals and other people making explosives, storing larger quantities of them, or storing explosives that present higher hazards.