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The Classification and Labelling of Explosives Regulations 1983

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Regulations 6, 7, 8 and 10

SCHEDULE 3LABELS

A packaged article or substance or a combination in Class 1, Division 1.1, 1.2 or 1.3

1.  One of the labels required by Regulation 6(1) shall—

(a)be a square set with its sides at an angle of 45° to the vertical;

(b)be in the form of the following diagram (the hazard classification code “1.2 E” is only an example); and

(c)comply with the measurements in the diagram except that—

(i)larger measurements may be used in which case the measurements shall be increased proportionally, or

(ii)where, in order to comply with Regulation 10(1), a smaller label is necessary, the dimensions may be decreased proportionally whilst remaining as large as is reasonably practicable for the purpose of such compliance.

2.  (1)  The above label shall have a pictograph of a bomb blast filling most of its upper half.

(2) In the lower half of the label, the word “EXPLOSIVE” shall be written in capital letters which shall each be smaller than the Compatibility Group letter in the hazard classification code required by sub-paragraph (3) below.

(3) Below the word “EXPLOSIVE”, the hazard classification code appropriate for the contents when in the packaging on which the label is put shall be written.

(4) Below the hazard classification code, the Class number “1” shall be written in the bottom corner of the label.

(5) The label shall have a line at least 1 mm wide approximately 5mm inside the edge and running parallel to it.

An unpackaged article in Class 1, Division 1.1, 1.2 or 1.3

3.  One of the labels required by Regulation 6(2) shall be as described in paragraphs 1 and 2 except that the hazard classification code shall be that appropriate for the article when not packaged.

A packaged article or substance or a combination in Class 1, Division 1.4 or 1.5

4.  Subject to the alternatives in paragraphs 6 and 7 which may be used instead where appropriate, one of the labels required by Regulation 6(3) shall—

(a)be a square set with its sides at an angle of 45° to the vertical;

(b)be in the form of the following diagram (the Division number “1.4” and the Compatibility Group letter “G” are only examples); and

(c)comply with the measurements in the diagram except that—

(i)larger measurements may be used in which case the measurements shall be increased proportionally, or

(ii)where, in order to comply with Regulation 10(1), a smaller label is necessary, the dimensions may be decreased proportionally whilst remaining as large as is reasonably practicable for the purpose of such compliance.

5.  (1)  The Division number appropriate for the contents when in the packaging on which the label is put shall be written in the upper half of the label.

(2) The Compatibility Group letter appropriate for the contents when in the packaging on which the label is put shall be written in the lower half of the label.

(3) Below the Compatibility Group letter, the Class number “1” shall be written in the bottom corner of the label.

(4) The label shall have a line at least 1mm wide approximately 5mm inside the edge and running parallel to it.

Alternatives to the provisions of paragraphs 4 and 5

6.  In any case where the hazard classification code is “1.4 S” the label on the outer packaging may be either—

(a)“1.4 S”, the numbers and letter being of reasonable size having regard to the dimensions of the package; or

(b)in accordance with paragraphs 4 and 5 except that the letter may be on the right of the numbers instead of underneath them, in which case the numbers and letter shall be of reasonable size having regard to the dimensions of the label.

7.  Packaged fireworks which fall within Division 1.4 may be labelled on their outer packaging with the word “FIREWORK” in capital letters followed by the hazard classification code appropriate for the fireworks as so packaged.

An unpackaged article, other than a firework, in Class 1, Division 1.4

8.  One of the labels required by Regulation 6(4) shall—

(a)be as described in paragraphs 4 and 5 except that the Division number and the Compatibility Group letter shall be those appropriate for the article when it is not packaged; or

(b)clearly show the word “EXPLOSIVE” in capital letters followed by the hazard classification code appropriate for the article when it is not packaged; or

(c)in the case of an article which when not packaged comes within Division 1.4 and Compatibility Group S, clearly show “1.4 S”.

An article, substance or combination not in Class 1

9.  The label required by Regulation 7 shall—

(a)be a square set with its sides at an angle of 45° to the vertical;

(b)be in the form of the following diagram; and

(c)comply with the measurements in the diagram except that—

(i)larger measurements may be used in which case the measurements shall be increased proportionally, or

(ii)where, in order to comply with Regulation 10(1), a smaller label is necessary, the dimensions may be decreased proportionally whilst remaining as large as is reasonably practicable for the purpose of such compliance.

Colour of labels described in paragraphs 1 to 9

10.  The background colour of the labels shall be orange.

11.  Pictographs, numbers, letters and lines shall be in black.

A packaged article or substance or a combination in Class 1

12.  The other label required by Regulation 6(1) and (3) shall show in respect of each explosive article or explosive substance, whether or not in a combination—

(a)its United Nations Serial Number;

(b)its name;

(c)if it has been imported, the name and address of, or the monogram of, the importer;

(d)if it has not been imported, the name and address of, or the monogram of, the manufacturer.

An unpackaged article in Class 1

13.  The other label required by Regulation 6(2) and (4) shall show in respect of the article—

(a)its United Nations Serial Number;

(b)if it has been imported, the name and address of, or the monogram of, the importer;

(c)if it has not been imported, the name and address of, or the monogram of, the manufacturer.

Outer packaging

14.  The label required by Regulation 8(1) shall show in respect of the contents of the outer packaging—

(a)the total number of any explosive articles and the total nominal mass of any explosive substances;

(b)the month and year of manufacture or leaving the factory of manufacture, with an indication as to which of the two dates is being given, such information may be given in a manufacturer's code, details of which shall be made available to the Health and Safety Executive;

(c)a description which enables each explosive article to be distinguished from every other explosive article which is not identical;

(d)in the case of articles in cord form, the length of cord on each spool;

(e)in the case of explosive substances in cartridge form, the number, nominal diameter and either the nominal mass or nominal length of each kind of cartridge.

Inner packaging

15.  The label required by Regulation 8(2) shall show in respect of the contents of the inner packaging—

(a)the name of each explosive substance;

(b)the total nominal mass of explosive substances or, as an alternative, in the case of explosive substances in cartridge form, their nominal length;

(c)in the case of explosive substances in cartridge form, their nominal diameter;

(d)the month and year of manufacture or leaving the factory of manufacture, with an indication as to which of the two dates is being given, such information may be given in a manufacturer's code, details of which shall be made available to the Health and Safety Executive.

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