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The Freight Containers (Safety Convention) Regulations 1984

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These Regulations require owners and lessees and others in control of freight containers used at work or supplied for use at work to comply with conditions of use, in accordance with the International Convention for Safe Containers 1972.

The Regulations apply to containers which have top corner fittings and a bottom area of at least 7 square metres or, if they do not have top corner fittings, a bottom area of at least 14 square metres.

Regulations 4 and 5 impose a condition that a container should have a valid approval issued by the Health and Safety Executive or a body which it has appointed for that purpose, or by or under the authority of a foreign Government which has acceded to the Convention. The details of the arrangements for the approval of containers in Great Britain are set out in a document entitled “Arrangements in Great Britain for the Approval of Containers” obtainable from the Health and Safety Executive.

Regulation 4 also imposes a condition that a container should be properly maintained and meet the examination requirements of Regulation 7, in accordance with an examination scheme or programme approved by the Executive. A document entitled “Conditions for Approval of Examination Schemes or Programmes” is obtainable from the Executive.

Regulation 4 imposes a further condition that a container should have a valid safety approval plate fixed to it in accordance with Regulation 6. Detailed requirements as to the safety approval plate are set out in the Schedule.

The Regulations provide for defences to criminal proceedings (Regulation 4) and for the Health and Safety Executive to grant exemptions (Regulation 8).

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