The Explosives Regulations 2014 came into effect on 1 October 2014. They consolidate and replace a large number of provisions dating back as far as 1875.
Most of the changes relate to licensing and storage arrangements and requirements. Separate regulations known as the Acetylene Safety (England and Wales and Scotland) Regulations 2014 also came into force and similarly serve to tidy up earlier assorted regulatory requirements. They do not affect acetylene gas stored at a pressure lower than 0.62 bar.