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ADDITION OF EXPLOSIVES TO THE SECURITY-SENSITIVE DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES ACT 2005
11 September 2007

In June 2004, the Commonwealth Government and all States and Territories agreed to a set of National Principles for the Regulation and Control of Ammonium Nitrate.  These principles are reflected in Tasmania in the Security-sensitive Dangerous Substances Act 2005.

The principles included a requirement that, in light of the measures introduced for security sensitive ammonium nitrate (SSAN), States and Territories should review their explosives regulations and in particular, States and Territories should implement security checking for all persons having unsupervised access to explosives.

For this reason the Government is proposing that explosives be added to the SSDS Act as a 'security sensitive dangerous substance' and that all parts of the industry be brought under the one security framework.  Under the proposed arrangements, any person who has unrestricted access to explosives will either require a SSDS Permit, or be a 'responsible worker' under a SSDS Permit.  This will include anyone who uses, stores, transports, manufactures, imports or exports explosives.  

The addition of explosives to the SSDS Act would simplify and streamline existing licensing arrangements by replacing all non-competency based licences with an SSDS permit.

Futher information can be obtained from:

www.wst.tas.gov.au/safety_comply/dang_subs/exp_and_fireworks/add_ssds_act