Engagement of Fireworks Inspectors with the Explosives Committee

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The Government has said that it is fully committed towards enhancing safety at Fireworks Factories with a view to minimizing risks and preventing fatalities. This objective is to be attained not only by means of efforts to continually improve enforcement of legislation, but also through the promotion of good practice in the conduct of operations among those involved in the storage and manufacture of Fireworks.

The Ministry for Justice and Home Affairs is therefore in the process of setting up a Fireworks Inspectorate Unit, which will work under the direction of the Explosives Committee. In line with Government objectives in this area, the Inspectorate will be tasked with monitoring the enforcement of legislation and the dissemination of good practice. In this regard, the Inspectorate’s duties include the drawing up of reports for the Explosives Committee in relation to the status of the Fireworks Factories inspected, making recommendations in relation to action required at Fireworks Factories to rectify any shortcomings or ameliorate their practices, as well as to inspect the letting-off of fireworks.

MPO Circular No. 56/2008, which provides for the Engagement of Fireworks Inspectors with the Explosives Committee, has been issued yesterday. Applications under this circular will be received from suitably qualified officers within the Public Service and the Public Sector. The Circular clearly specifies that applicants are required to declare in writing any possible conflict of interest in respect of any Fireworks Factory that they may be detailed to inspect.

Through this Circular Government seeks to attract the services of persons with a suitable scientific and professional background, as well as experienced members of the fireworks sector. Government is of the view that an Inspectorate made up of professionals and experienced enthusiasts would be best suited to properly implement its two-fold approach in respect of this sector, i.e. continually improving enforcement of legislation whilst promoting good practice in the conduct of operations among those involved in the storage and manufacture of Fireworks.

A Call for Expression of Interest, open to similarly qualified persons who are not employed with the Public Service or the Public Sector, will be issued shortly.

In line with its commitment in this area, Government will continue to take appropriate steps with a view to enhancing security within Malta’s fireworks sector. The review of the legislative provisions relating to the sector will therefore continue, with a view to ensuring that the relevant safety standards are enhanced, so that fireworks will continue to be enjoyed without further loss of life.

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