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The Transport of Explosives (Safety Advisers) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000

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Vocational training certificates

7.—(1) An employer shall not appoint nor continue the appointment of a person as a safety adviser unless that person holds a valid certificate (in these Regulations referred to as a “vocational training certificate”) issued by the Secretary of State or by a person designated by the Secretary of State for the purpose of issuing vocational training certificates.

(2) A vocational training certificate may only be issued to a person in accordance with paragraph (1) where he has—

(a)completed training;

(b)passed an examination which has been approved in writing by the Secretary of State; and

(c)paid a fee of £170·00 to the Secretary of State or the person designated by the Secretary of State for the purpose of issuing vocational training certificates.

(3) Each vocational training certificate issued in accordance with paragraph (1) shall be:

(a)in the form set out in Schedule 3; and

(b)valid for a period of 5 years from the date of issue.

(4) Where, within the period of 12 months which precedes the expiry of the certificate referred to in paragraph (3)(b) or of any extension of it granted in accordance with this paragraph, the holder can show to the satisfaction of the Secretary of State that he has—

(a)passed an examination, which has been approved in writing by the Secretary of State,

(b)paid a fee of £170·00 to the Secretary of State or the person designated by the Secretary of State for the purpose of issuing vocational training certificates,

the validity of that certificate shall be extended by the Secretary of State for a period of 5 years.

(5) The training referred to in paragraph (2)(a) shall include the risks inherent in the transport of explosives, the requirements of the relevant statutory provisions in so far as they relate to the transport of explosives, the duties of a safety adviser pursuant to regulation 5(2) and (3) and the functions of a safety adviser as set out in Schedule 2.

(6) The examinations referred to in paragraphs (2)(b) and (4) shall include the subjects specified in Schedule 4.

(7) The training referred to in paragraph (2) and the examination referred to in paragraph (5) shall relate to—

(a)one or more of the following modes of transport—

(i)road,

(ii)railway,

(iii)inland waterway; and

(b)the transport of explosives.

(8) Where the training and examination are limited to one or more of the modes of transport referred to in paragraph (7)(a), that limitation shall be clearly indicated on the vocational training certificate issued in accordance with regulation 7(1).

(9) Where the vocational training certificate held by a safety adviser in accordance with paragraph (1) indicates that it has been limited, in accordance with paragraph (8), to one or more of the specified modes of transport, the functions and duties of that safety adviser shall be limited to the modes of transport so specified.

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