WHY IS HSE UNSAFE?
Added: (Sat Jul 28 2001)
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HSE’s OLD & NEW EXPLOSIVE STORAGE REGULATIONS ARE UNSAFE
& NEITHER OF THEM MATCHES ITS OWN MISSION STATEMENT.
ExploSafety says, "Use explosion size controls instead. They're safe and
HSE’s excellent mission statement is, "Ensure that risks to people's
health and safety from work activities are properly controlled."
Its roots are in the Health & Safety At Work Act of 1974 (HSWA) as are
those of modern risk assessment techniques used to develop the safety
measures to match it.
Risk assessments for explosive storage always show that more people
are at risk from big explosions than from small ones and the main
safety measure is to keep explosion sizes small, i.e., use explosion size
Unfortunately HSE still prefers an old explosives storage safety culture
that predates HSWA and risk assessments by a long way and this
1) doesn't control explosion sizes,
2) encourages explosions in warehouses and in road trucks to be large,
3) doesn’t control risks to workers on explosive storage sites,
4) doesn’t avoid risks to a small fraction of people living or travelling
5) increases chances of explosions on the roads where people are at
most risk, by encouraging extra but unnecessary road trips,
Consequently HSE’s proposals don’t match its own mission statement by
a long way and they never can unless HSE abandons this old culture and
uses explosion size controls instead.
With 10 years experience of delivering many hundreds of safety
measures ExploSafety says that keeping explosion sizes small is often
easy and cheap, e.g., air gaps between cartons of dynamite on pallets
can limit an explosion to one carton no matter how many are on a pallet
or how many pallets are in a warehouse or on a truck. In fact explosion
size controls always...
1) Keep explosion sizes small,
2) Avoid risks to all the public from magazines by a wide margin,
3) Avoid most risks to workers and allow proper control of the
4) Reduce risks from explosive trucks to other road users,
5) Make unnecessary road trips with explosives commercially
They also lend themselves to much simpler regulations!
Visit www.explosafety.com/enschede.htm and other pages on that
website if you want to read more.