The Health & Safety Executive has published a consultation on proposals to replace the Dangerous Substances in Harbour Areas Regulations 1987 (DSHAR) with new shorter and more up to date regulations. The consultation also seeks views on a new shorter Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) to support the regulations. The proposals are intended to retain existing levels of health and safety protection in relation to dangerous substances in harbour areas in Great Britain. The proposed new regulations will be re-named the ‘Dangerous Goods in Harbour Areas Regulations’. HSE has reviewed DSHAR in response to the ‘Red Tape Challenge’ as part of its ongoing activities to simplify the health and safety regulatory framework. In addition, the review has been undertaken because developments in other areas mean that aspects of the existing regulations are now out of date. The proposals will be relevant to anyone involved in the transport, storage or handling of dangerous substances or goods in harbours and ports. This could include harbour authorities, stevedores, masters of vessels and their agents, hauliers or rail operators, as well as those who employ or represent such people. The proposals are also relevant to anyone involved in loading or unloading explosives anywhere on the coast of Great Britain or in territorial waters. Consultation began on 28 October and closes on 23 December 2015. Further information on the new proposals is available at: consultative document.
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