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These Regulations provide for the control of carriage, loading, unloading and storage of dangerous substances in harbours and harbour areas. The Regulations are divided into 10 parts.
In addition to defining the terms used, the Regulations are applied to harbours and harbour areas in Great Britain and to those parts of harbour areas which are within the territorial waters adjacent to Great Britain.
A person who intends to bring a dangerous substance into a harbour or harbour area, either from inland or from the sea, is required to give the harbour master advance notice of his intention. The harbour master is empowered to prohibit, require the removal of or regulate the entry of a dangerous substance into the harbour area if in his opinion the condition of the dangerous substance, its container or of the vehicle or vessel carrying it, is such as to create a risk to health or safety.
Vessels carrying certain dangerous substances are required to show a red flag during the daytime and, when moored or anchored, a red light at night. The regulations also make provision for the marking of barges and for the navigation of vessels carrying dangerous substances within the harbour or harbour area.
The regulations in this Part impose duties on every person who handles a dangerous substance in a harbour or harbour area to do so safely and to take all necessary precautions to avoid fire or explosion.
These regulations also impose duties upon employers, self-employed persons and berth operators to ensure that persons handling dangerous substances are properly trained.
The regulations in this Part impose duties relating to the carriage, loading and unloading of dangerous substances in bulk. They require that vessels so used are suitable and that suitable safety precautions are taken. They also require that permission is obtained from the harbour master and, where the vessel is at a berth, the berth operator before certain specified activities are carried out.
The regulations in this Part require freight containers from inland containing dangerous substances to be accompanied by a certificate certifying that they have been properly packed and require precautions to be taken so that all freight containers can be unloaded safely. Portable tanks and receptacles from inland containing dangerous substances are required to be suitable for the purpose and to be labelled in accordance with relevant international transport rules or domestic legislation.
These regulations require each harbour authority which handles dangerous substances in its harbour area to prepare an emergency plan for dealing with emergencies involving those dangerous substances. Berth operators are also required to take safety precautions when a vessel carrying, loading or unloading dangerous substances is at the berth. Duties are imposed on masters of vessels and berth operators to notify any untoward incident involving a dangerous substance which might create a risk of serious personal injury to persons within the harbour or harbour area.
The regulations in this Part apply to the storage of dangerous substances in harbour areas ancillary to their being loaded onto or unloaded from a vessel. The operator of any storage tank to which this Part applies, which is used for such purposes is required to consult the fire authority and to take appropriate safety precautions. The regulations also impose requirements to ensure the safe storage of such substances in freight containers, portable tanks and receptacles and to ensure the safe parking of vehicles containing dangerous substances.
The regulations in this Part prohibit, with certain exceptions, explosives from being brought into or handled in a harbour area unless such activities are covered by an explosives licence granted by the Health and Safety Executive. An explosives licence is also required for loading on board or unloading from a vessel of explosives when this occurs on any part of the coast or in the tidal waters of Great Britain or within the territorial waters adjacent to Great Britain.
The procedure to be followed for the application and grant of explosives licences is set out and the fee payable by the applicant is specified.
The regulations also impose requirements relating to the security of explosives, safety precautions and for the keeping of records.
These regulations empower harbour authorities to make byelaws relating to dangerous substances. The procedure for making byelaws which requires the consent of the Secretary of State for Transport is set out in Schedule 6.
The Regulations provide that the harbour authority shall be the enforcing authority for certain of the Regulations which relate to operations within the harbour area (namely Parts II and III of the Regulations and regulations 19, 29, 32(2) and 38) and that the Health and Safety Executive shall be the enforcing authority for the remaining regulations.
The Regulations also provide for a defence in the case of contraventions of certain of the regulations and of byelaws made under them and for exemptions to be granted by the Health and Safety Executive or by the Secretary of State.
The Regulations repeal as respects Great Britain the provisions mentioned in paragraphs (1) and (2) of regulation 47 and the byelaws made under them and with effect from 31st December 1989 the byelaws relating to petroleum mentioned in Part I of Schedule 8.
The local Acts and byelaws mentioned in Part II of Schedule 8 are repealed and those in Part III of that Schedule are repealed with effect from 31st December 1989.
Copies of relevant documents may be obtained as follows–
|Regulation||Document Quoted||Published by||Available from|
|2(1)||International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code – ISBN 92-801-1125-6||International Maritime Organisation (IMO)||IMO, 4 AlbertEmbankment, London SE1 7SR|
|2(1) Schedule 3 Schedule 5||Transport of Dangerous Goods – Recommendations of the Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods ISBN 92-1-139022-2||United Nations||HMSO|
|19(1)||Code for the construction and equipment of ships carrying dangerous chemicals in bulk – ISBN 92-801-1182-5||IMO||IMO|
|19(1)||Code for the construction and equipment of ships carrying liquefied gases in bulk – ISBN 92-801-1165-5||IMO||IMO|
|19(1)||Code for existing ships carrying liquefied gases in bulk – ISBN 92-801-1051-9 plus supplement – ISBN 92-801-1101-9||IMO||IMO|
|19(1)International code for the construction and equipment of ships carrying dangerous chemicals in bulk (IBC) – ISBN 92-801-1162-0||IMO||IMO|
|19(1)International code for the construction and equipment of ships carrying liquefied gases in bulk (IGC) – ISBN 92-801-1163-9||IMO||IMO|
|25(1)Schedule 1||Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Materials – ISBN 92-012-3185-7||International Atomic Energy Agency||HMSO|
|25(1)||Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air and Supplement – ISBN 0-940394-18-9||Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)||International Aeradio Ltd, Aeradio House, Hayes Road, Southall, Middlesex UB2 5NG|
|25(1)||European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) – ISBN 0-11-550735-3||Department of Transport||HMSO|
1. Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID) – ISBN 0-11-550681-0
2. Amendment No 1 – ISBN 0-11-550745-0
|Department of Transport||HMSO|
|Schedule 5||British Standard – BS Specification 381C 1980||British Standards Institution (BSI)||BSI, Linford Wood, Milton Keynes MK14 6LE|
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