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Dangerous Goods in Harbour Areas Regulations 2016 (DGHAR)

The Dangerous Goods in Harbour Areas Regulations 2016 (DGHAR) came into force on 1 October 2016. They contain a set of safety provisions aimed at safeguarding ports against major accidents involving dangerous goods when they transit through ports, harbours and harbour areas. The purpose of the regulations is to put in place certain specific measures to reduce the risk of a serious incident occurring.

Guidance on the regulations

DGHAR is supported by an Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (ACOP) L155

Overview

The main provisions are:

DGHAR and the Dangerous Substances in Harbour Areas Regulations 1987

From 1 October 2016 DGHAR has replaced the Dangerous Substances in Harbour Areas Regulations 1987 (DSHAR). The change follows a review and public consultation undertaken by HSE between 2013 and 2015.  More details are available in the consultation summary report.

DSHAR 1987 has been revoked and the relevant ACOP (COP 18) and guidance document HS(R)27 have been withdrawn.

What has changed?

Redundant, superseded and duplicated provisions of DSHAR have been removed and the remaining sections have been updated and simplified in a new, shorter set of regulations.

The main changes are:

Topics no longer covered under DGHAR

A number of sections of DSHAR were revoked as they were redundant or superseded by other legislation:

Navigation and marking of vessels (Part III of DSHAR)

The Port Marine Safety Code establishes a national standard for every aspect of port marine safety and aims to enhance safety for those who use or work in ports, their ships, passengers and the environment.

Many ports and harbours have local legislation governing safe navigation and other matters.  Information on this can be obtained from the port in question.

Handling of Dangerous Substances (Part IV of DSHAR)

Handling of dangerous substances on the shore side of a harbour area is subject to duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 as well as various regulations made under it. These include:

Transfer of Liquid Dangerous Substances in Bulk (Part V of DSHAR)

Ship-to-ship transfer is governed by the Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Transfer) Regulations 2010 (please note this legislation has since been amended several times, these amendments are available). Guidance on these regulations is available in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1829 (M).

Guidance on ship-to-shore transfer of dangerous substances, including a safety checklist, is available in The International Safety Guide for Oil and Tanker Terminals (ISGOTT), 5th Edition.

Packaging and labelling of Dangerous Substances (Part VI of DSHAR)

Packaging and labelling of dangerous substances in harbour areas is covered under various pieces of legislation including the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 (please note the regulations have since been amended, these amendments are available) and the Merchant Shipping (Dangerous Goods and Marine Pollutants) Regulations 1997. More information is available in HSE’s Carriage of Dangerous Goods Manual.

Storage of dangerous substances (Part VIII of DSHAR)

Storage of dangerous substances in a harbour area is subject to duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 as well as various regulations made under it. These may include:

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Legislation

Updated 2016-09-26