Views are being sought on new regulations designed to simplify the safety legislation covering acetylene.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched an eight-week public consultation period on the Acetylene Safety Regulations 2014.
It is inviting businesses and stakeholders – including those involved in activities that use acetylene such as welding, shipbuilding, jewellery making and lab work – to have their say before September 24.
The draft regulations cover the safety of workers and the public during the production, storage and use of the highly flammable compound. The aim is to come up with a single set of regulations to remove duplication in existing laws and minimise any potential confusion.
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Regulations ‘will be clearer’
Peter Brown, head of major hazard policy at the HSE’s Hazardous Installations Directorate (HID), said: “One single set of regulations should make it clearer and easier for businesses to identify what they need to do to protect themselves and their workers from the dangers of acetylene.”
Meanwhile, the HSE is also reviewing its guidance on the use of acetylene to make sure it is clear and suitable for the majority of users.
The consolidated regulations are set to come into force from October 2014, subject to the outcome of the public consultation and ministerial approval.
Work to draw up a single set of regulations began after being recommended in Professor Ragnar Löfstedt’s review of health and safety which is available on the Department for Work and Pensions’ website.
The HSE regulates health and safety in the workplace, aiming to cut work-related death, injury and ill health. It carries out research, provides information and advice, promotes training, draws up and revises regulations and works with local authority partners to carry out inspections, investigations and enforcement.