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1983 No. 644

HEALTH AND SAFETY

The Docks, Shipbuilding Etc. (Metrication) Regulations 1983

Made

26th April 1983

Laid before Parliament

10th May 1983

Coming into Operation

1st June 1983

The Secretary of State, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by sections 49, and 82(3)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974(1) (“the 1974 Act”) and of all other powers enabling him in that behalf and for the purpose of giving effect without modifications to proposals submitted to him by the Health and Safety Commission under section 11(2)(d) of the 1974 Act after the carrying out by the said Commission of consultations in accordance with section 50(3) of that Act, hereby makes the following Regulations:—

Citation and commencement

1.  (1)  These Regulations may be cited as The Docks, Shipbuilding etc. (Metrication) Regulations 1983 and shall come into operation on the 1st June 1983.

(2) In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires, “the principal instruments” means the Regulations and Orders amended by these Regulations, that is to say:—

  • The Docks Regulations 1925;

  • The Docks Regulations 1934;

  • The Shipbuilding and Ship-repairing Regulations 1960;

  • The Shipbuilding (Lifting Appliances etc. Forms) Order 1961(2);

  • The Docks Certificates (No. 2) Order 1964.

Amendments to the principal instruments to substitute metric measurements for imperial measurements

2.  The provisions of the principal instruments specified in the Schedule to these Regulations in Column 1 shall be amended by substituting for the measurements or expressions set out opposite thereto in column 3 the measurements or expressions set out in the corresponding entry in column 4.

Application to existing premises and plant

3.  Where any premises or plant, in existence or under construction immediately before the coming into operation of these Regulations complied with the requirements of the principal Regulations as then in force, then those premises or that plant shall be deemed to comply with the requirements of the principal Regulations as amended by these Regulations.

Signed by order of the Secretary of State.

John Selwyn Gummer

Joint Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Department of Employment

26th April 1983

Regulation 2

THE SCHEDULEAMENDMENTS TO PROVISIONS

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Provision to be amendedSubject-matter of measurement or expressionPresent measurement or expressionMeasurement or expression to be substituted
The Docks Regulations 1925 Regulation 19(b)(i)Chains etc. to be annealedhalf inch13 millimetres
The Docks Regulations 1934 DefinitionsLength of lockninety feet27.5 metres
Distance from edge of canalfifteen feet5.0 metres
Depth of waterfive feet1.5 metres
Regulation 1Height of fencingtwo feet six inches760 millimetres
Distance from side of entrancefive yards5.0 metres
Regulation 9Width of ladder or gangwaytwenty-two inches560 millimetres
Height of fencingtwo feet nine inches840 millimetres
Regulation 11(1)Depth of holdfive feet1.5 metres
Regulation 11(2)(b)Depth of foothold including any space behind the ladder4 ½ inches115 millimetres
Width of foothold10 inches250 millimetres
Regulation 11(2)(c)Depth of foothold including any space behind the cleats or cups4 ½ inches115 millimetres
Width of foothold10 inches250 millimetres
Regulation 11(2)(d)Depth of foothold including any space behind the ladder4½ inches115 millimetres
Width of foothold10 inches250 millimetres
Regulation 17Width of working space around hatchtwo feet600 millimetres
Regulation 19(b)(i)Chains etc. to be annealedhalf inch13 millimetres
Regulation 28(c)Height of ladderthirty feet10 metres
Regulation 35(b)Width of space along edge of wharfthree feet920 millimetres
Regulation 37(a)Depth of holdfive feet1.5 metres
Height of coamingstwo feet six inches760 millimetres
Height of fencingthree feet920 millimetres
Regulation 40Distance from decktwo feet600 millimetres
Schedule
Paragraph (a)Safe working loadup to 20 tonsup to 20 tonnes
Safe working load20–50 tons20–50 tonnes
Proof load5 tons in excess5 tonnes in excess
Safe working loadover 50 tonsover 50 tonnes
Paragraph (b)Safe working loadup to 20 tonsup to 20 tonnes
Safe working load20–50 tons20–50 tonnes
Proof load5 tons in excess5 tonnes in excess
Safe working loadover 50 tonsover 50 tonnes
Paragraph (c)Safe working loadup to and including 20 tonsup to and including 20 tonnes
Safe working loadover 20 tons up to and including 40 tonsover 20 tonnes up to and including 40 tonnes
Proof load20 tons in excess20 tonnes in excess
Safe working loadover 40 tonsover 40 tonnes
The Shipbuilding and Ship-repairing Regulations 1960
Regulation 2(2)(a)Length of shipone hundred feet30 metres
Depth of shipnine feet six inches2.9 metres
Regulation 2(2)(b)Length of shipone hundred feet30 metres
Depth of shipnine feet six inches2.9 metres
Regulation 2(2)(c)Length of shipone hundred feet30 metres
Depth of shipnine feet six inches2.9 metres
Regulation 3(2)Flash point of oiltwo hundred and seventy degrees Fahrenheit132 degrees Celsius
Regulation 7(b)Height of hand-railstwo feet nine inches840 millimetres
Height of toe-board above floorsix inches150 millimetres
Regulation 8(1)Height of fencingtwo feet nine inches840 millimetres
Regulation 9(1)(a)Width of ladder or gangwaytwenty-two inches560 millimetres
Height of fencingtwo feet nine inches840 millimetres
Regulation 10(2)(a)Position of top step of laddertwelve inches300 millimetres
Regulation 13(3)Width of footwayseventeen inches430 millimetres
Regulation 14(1)(d)Position of top of laddertwo feet six inches760 millimetres
Regulation 17(2)Extension of planks forming stageseighteen inches460 millimetres
Regulation 24(heading)Height of stagessix feet six inches2 metres
Regulation 24(1)Height of stagessix feet six inches2 metres
Regulation 24(2)(c)Width of stagesseventeen inches430 millimetres
Regulation 24(3)(a)Height of guard railthree feet920 millimetres
Regulation 24(7)Width of stagestwenty five inches640 millimetres
Regulation 25(1)Height of fencingthree feet920 millimetres
Height of fencingtwo feet six inches760 millimetres
Regulation 26(1)Height of coamingtwo feet six inches760 millimetres
Height of fencingthree feet920 millimetres
Regulation 36(3)Size of chains etc.half inch13 millimetres
Regulation 47Weight of load20 tons20 tonnes
Regulation 55(1)Distance from source of heatfifteen feet5 metres
Regulation 59(1)(b)(i)Flash point of oilseventy-three degrees Fahrenheit23 degrees Celsius
Regulation 60(2)Flash point of oilseventy-three degrees Fahrenheit23 degrees Celsius
Regulation 66(1)Flash point of oilone hundred and fifty degrees Fahrenheit66 degrees Celsius
Regulation 69(5)Flash point of paraffinone hundred degrees Fahrenheit38 degrees Celsius
Regulation 80(1)Height of stagessix feet six inches2 metres
Second Schedule
Paragraph (a)Safe working loadunder 20 tonsunder 20 tonnes
Safe working load20–50 tons20–50 tonnes
Proof load5 tons in excess5 tonnes in excess
Safe working loadover 50 tonsover 50 tonnes
Paragraph (b)Safe working loadunder 20 tonsunder 20 tonnes
Safe working load20–50 tons20–50 tonnes
Proof load5 tons in excess5 tonnes in excess
Safe working loadover 50 tonsover 50 tonnes
Paragraph (c)Safe working loadunder 50 tonsunder 50 tonnes
Safe working load50–100 tons50–100 tonnes
Proof loadplus 50 tonsplus 50 tonnes
Safe working loadover 100 tonsover 100 tonnes
Safe working loadup to and including 20 tonsup to and including 20 tonnes
Safe working loadover 20 tons up to and including 40 tonsover 20 tonnes up to and including 40 tonnes
Proof load20 tons in excess20 tonnes in excess
Safe working loadover 40 tonsover 40 tonnes
The Shipbuilding (Lifting Appliances etc. Forms) Order 1961 Schedule, Part III Paragraph (2)(a)Size of ropeinchesmillimetres
Paragraph (3)Tensile strength of wiretons* per square inchNewtons per square millimetre
Paragraph (4)(c)Safe working loadSafe working load*Safe working load
FootnoteDefinition of ton1 ton=2,240 lbsnone
The Docks Certificates (No. 2) Order 1964
Schedule
Paragraph (1) Column (g)Proof load appliedtonstonnes
Column (h)Safe working loadtonstonnes

EXPLANATORY NOTE

These Regulations amend the following instruments:—

  • The Docks Regulations 1925;

  • The Docks Regulations 1934;

  • The Shipbuilding and Ship-repairing Regulations 1960;

  • The Shipbuilding (Lifting Appliances etc. Forms) Order 1961; and

  • The Docks Certificates (No. 2) Order 1964,

by substituting amounts or quantities expressed in metric units for amounts or quantities not so expressed. The substituted amounts preserve the effect of the original provisions except to the extent necessary to obtain amounts expressed in convenient and suitable terms.

Regulation 3 provides that the amendments do not relate to premises or plant in existence or under construction immediately before the coming into operation of these Regulations if those premises or that plant complied with the then existing requirements.

(1)

section 49 was amended by the Employment Protection Act 1975 (c.71), section 116 and Schedule 15, paragraph 15.

(2)

, amended by S.I. 1964/530.

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