Categories: a-port-information, BusinessPublished On: 05.03.2021428 words2.1 min read

The Dangerous Goods in Harbour Areas Regulations 2016 (DGHAR 2016)
Post-Implementation Review (PIR)


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – the UK government agency responsible for workplace health, safety and welfare in Great Britain – is reviewing the Dangerous Goods in Harbour Areas Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/721) (DGHAR 2016) and wants to hear from YOU about how they are working.
DGHAR 2016 replaced the Dangerous Substances in Harbour Regulations 1987 (DSHAR) (SI 1987/37) following a review undertaken by HSE as part of its response to the Red Tape Challenge. DGHAR 2016 is intended to modernise and simplify DSHAR, removing redundant and superseded sections while retaining proportionate protections.
The main changes under DGHAR 2016 – as paraphrased from the ‘Explanatory Memorandum’ – are:
* a simpler definition of ‘dangerous goods’ based on the International Maritime Organisation’s International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code);
* simplification of military exemptions to align with other recent explosives legislation;
*  harbour masters are now given greater flexibility to accept a shorter notice period for dangerous goods arriving in the harbour area; and
* previously a licence was required where a vessel carrying explosives was passing through a harbour even if no unloading or loading of explosives took place. This requirement has been replaced with a duty for vessels carrying explosives, but not unloading or loading explosives, to notify the harbour master before passing through.
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In order to help with this work can YOU please spare just 10 minutes to quickly complete the following brief survey.
Complete survey HERE
All of the individual responses to the survey will be aggregated together and treated anonymously. Information from the survey is being collected for internal use only and will not be provided to 3rd parties. It is also securely stored and will be deleted upon publication of the final DGHAR 2016 post-implementation review (PIR). Any and all data is processed in line with HSE’s privacy policy (, and you can contact us at any time to have your information changed or deleted. Please note that no information you provide will be used for regulatory inspection purposes.
This is your chance to make a valuable and positive contribution to what future regulation arounddangerous goods in harbour areas looks like. Your input is vital and will be invaluable to HSE, so please take part if you are able.
Any problems or questions, please contact Miles Burger on [email protected] or 07798 882046.
The survey will close at the end of the day on Wednesday 24th March 2021.
Thank you for all your help.