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Issue July 2006

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HSE Consults on New Safety Route Map for Workplace Transport

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is holding a series of events to debate the content of a proposed new route map? for workplace transport. The map, an on-line tool, is aimed at helping employers and workers manage workplace transport risk by providing a framework of current law with links to existing guidance, whilst filling any gaps with new guidance. Several sets of regulations govern workplace transport and there are many guidance documents, some generic, others for specific industry sectors. The route map will aim to provide a clear path for all employers to follow best practice and meet their legal responsibilities, including setting out alternative ways to comply where these exist. It will focus specifically on site layout and design, vehicle selection and maintenance, personnel matters and management responsibilities.

The events, to be held in early July at Cardiff, Birmingham and Edinburgh, will be an opportunity to comment on the proposals and help shape the development of the route map. A public consultation exercise on the proposals also runs until 22 September and is available to view and comment on, on-line at: www.hse.gov.uk/consult/condocs/routemap.htm

Source: www.hse.gov.uk (accessed 04/07/06)


Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act

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The Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Bill received royal assent on 21st June 2006. The purpose will be to: enhance the UK's contribution to combating climate change alleviate fuel poverty secure diverse and viable long-term energy supplies. The Act requires the secretary of state to report on the levels of greenhouse gas emissions and the steps taken by government departments to reduce them. Where possible, this will include input from local authorities in an effort to increase microgeneration and energy efficiency. Targets will be set between 1st November 2008 to 31st March 2009 for the number of microgeneration systems installed in the UK. The bill will make it easier for microgenerators to sell excess energy back to their suppliers. The full Act can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2006/20060019.htm

Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk (accessed 04/07/06) JPD offer a wide variety of Environmental Management courses, visit http://www.jpd.co.uk/courses/environmental.htm for more details or call our Training Advisors on 01565 724200.


RoHS Regulations now in force

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The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Regulations 2005 came into effect on 1st July 2006. The regulations restrict 'producers' from supplying household appliances, electrical and electronic tools, IT and telecommunications equipment, and other consumer equipment to the market place if they contain higher levels of cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), lead or mercury than is permitted. The full text of the regulations is available on the OPSI website at: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2005/20052748.htm. Further information is also available via the Environment Agency’s NetRegs website: http://www.netregs.gov.uk/netregs/legislation/380525/477158/?lang=_e

Source: www.netregs.gov.uk (accessed 04/07/06) To learn more about JPD's wide variety of Health & Safety training visit our new website http://www.jpd.co.uk/courses/healthsafety.htm or call our advisors on 01565 724200.


Amendment to the Packaging Regulations

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The Packaging (Essential Requirements) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 were laid before parliament on 7th June 2006 and will come into force on 1st July 2006. The regulations state that companies need to ensure that packaging meets requirements such as recyclability, minimisation of material and content of certain materials. The amendments outline a new packaging definition that reflects the wording in the EC Directive 2004/12/EC. This is split into three sections and is supported by Annex 1 which gives examples of items that are considered to be packaging. The Directive is available from the EU’s Europa? website at: http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/pri/en/oj/dat/2004/l_047/l_04720040218en00260031.pdf The amendment also removes the 30th June 2006 exemption deadline from heavy metal concentration limits of glass packaging, as this is now a legal requirement. To view the amendment please visit http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2006/20061492.htm Source: www.opsi.gov.uk (accessed 04/07/06)

To find out more about JPD's range of Packing and Waste and Environmental Management courses visit our new website http://www.jpd.co.uk/courses/environmental.htm or call 0870 438 2573


New Ozone Depleting Substance Regulations

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The Ozone Depleting Substances (Qualifications) Regulations 2006 came into force on 10th June 2006. The regulations assign levels of competency to the handling of ozone depleting substances and require handlers to attain the relevant qualifications by 9th April 2007.

The full text of the regulations can be found at http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2006/20061510.htm Source: www.opsi.gov.uk (accessed 04/07/06)


Asbestos Update

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The Health & Safety Commission (HSC) has published a consultative document seeking comments on proposed amendments to its asbestos regulations and an approved code of practice. Although asbestos is no longer imported or used, there is still cause for concern. It is estimated that about half a million non-domestic premises contain some form of asbestos. HSC continues to improve standards of protection for around 9,000 asbestos removal workers in the licensed sector and the 1.3m maintnenance workers who may be exposed. The proposed amendments are intended to provide a stronger and better targeted regulatory framework. (Taken from NQA Reporter, Spring 2006)

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Need Certification in ISO 9001:2000?

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NQA offer certification in many standards such as ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and BS 8555 amongst others. If you need help with your certification requirements visit http://www.nqa.com/

 If you need help to develop your management systems JPD offer a wide range of training courses, visit our new website for more information http://www.jpd.co.uk/ or contact our advisors on 01565 724200


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