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Safety gloves a part of handling explosives

Handling explosives is a potentially dangerous undertaking and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is trying to minimise the potential for accidents by issuing guidance to business on how to comply with The Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations (MSER).

The new document from the HSE helps firms to draw up their safeguarding document, which they are obliged to do within 28 days of a being granted a licence to store explosives.

"Your plan must show the explosives site and the surrounding area. It should be marked with colour-coded lines to show the protected works or safeguarding distances," the HSE guidance advises.

As well as planning in this way, good safety practice around explosives also involves issuing workers with appropriate personal protective equipment, such as safety gloves, where necessary. These will help to protect against chemical burns and other potential injuries caused by the handling of exposed explosives.

The HSE advises that the responsibilities stipulated under the MSER "fall on the person who is manufacturing and/or storing the explosive", who will need to apply for a licence to do so.

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