Safety risk of relaxing regulations: the Health and Safety Executive's proposal for the Hazchem Emergency Action Code to become optional has met with strong disagreement from CACFOA, as the President suggests emergency services and the general public will be put at greater risk.(Chief and Assistant Chief Fire Officers Association)

Given the plethora ot strategic issues facing the Service as we respond to the Fire Service improvement agenda it would be all too easy to take our eye off the ball and lose sight of some of those every day tactical issues that arc: so vital to maintaining firefighter safety

A case in point, which is gravely concerning CACFOA, is the Health and Safety Executive's proposal about the future arrangements for the marking of dangerous goods in transport. They have proposed a relaxation of UK regulations, which would mean that the displaying of the UK's Hazchem Emergency Action Code (EAC), would become optional and hauliers could use either the EAC or the ADR (Kemler) HIN scheme. …

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