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Issue January 2007

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ISO 20000:2005 the first International Standard for IT Service Management

New legislation: closed

ISO/IEC 20000-1:2005 is based on the superseded BS 15000-2 and is the first International standard aimed at IT Service Management. According to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) it may be used -

1. by businesses that are going out to tender for their services;

2. to provide a consistent approach by all service providers in a supply chain;

3. to benchmark IT service management;

4. as the basis for an independent assessment;

5. to demonstrate the ability to meet customer requirements;

6. to improve services.

The standard promotes the adoption of an integrated process approach to effectively deliver managed services to meet business and customer requirements.

To view the full article on this standard visit ISO's website


Consultation on merging HSC and HSE

New legislation: closed

The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has published a public consultation document seeking views on merging the HSC and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into a single health and safety authority. The merger will provide: - a more accountable structure in line with current best practice; - better decision making and a clearer public and regulatory presence; - continued independence of the safety regulator; - a balanced structure at arm’s length from Ministers; and - membership for representatives from employer and employee backgrounds, with a seat for local government and a member designated to maintain links with the devolved authorities.

The consultation can be downloaded from www.hse.gov.uk/consult/live.htm Comments on the consultation should be sent to the HSE by 5th March 2007. Source: www.hse.gov.uk (accessed 02/01/07)


Consultation on allocations for Phase II of EU ETS

New legislation: closed

The UK submitted its National Allocation Plan (NAP) for Phase II of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) to the European Commission on 21 August 2006. At that time, a list of installation level allocations was published for an eight-week consultation, where operators had an opportunity to comment on any errors that may have been contained in the data and the information used to calculate incumbent allocations. That consultation ended on 16 October 2006. There have been a number of changes to the allocations to correct errors. An explanation of the changes between this list and the one published in August 2006 can be found in a report on the first consultation, published by DEFRA. Operators should be aware that all allocations are likely to have changed to some extent. This is because all installations within a sector receive a share of the sector cap and if one installation’s allocation changes, it changes their share of the sector cap and therefore the allocation to all other installations within that sector. The purpose of this second checking period is to provide operators with a final opportunity to identify where errors remain in data and information used to calculate allocations. This is the last opportunity that operators will have to correct data. All comments and responses to the consultation should be submitted (preferably by email) by 12 January 2007. Further information is available from the DEFRA Website at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/euets-phase2-install2/index.htm Source: www.defra.gov.uk (accessed 02/01/07)

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WEEE Regulations Now In Force

New legislation: closed

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations (SI 2006 No.3289) were laid before Parliament on 12th December 2006 and came into force on 2nd January 2007. The legislation affects producers (manufacturers and importers) and distributors (on-retailers and distance sellers) of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). Producers of EEE must register to join a compliance scheme by 15th March 2007 which will provide a producer registration number and sets in motion an agreement to stamp all EEE products with the crossed out wheelie bin symbol by 1st April 2007. Full responsibility for treating and recycling household WEEE begins on 1 July 2007. Producers are financially responsible for the cost of dismantling and treating of WEEE for reuse or recycling to an equivalent amount of EEE that is produced. This must be done only at approved authorisation treatment facilities (AATF). Distributors are responsible for the acceptance of WEEE and have two options to ensure compliance; an in-store take-back service, or to join a collective take-back scheme managed by Valpak. The latter option will see retailers contribute a total of £10 million towards work to improve local authority civic amenity sites that have opted to become designated collection facilities (DCFs). Until the scheme is fully operational, the cost of treating EEE returned in-store and to DCFs will be shared among retailers according to market share. Following this, the producer registration number will provide an accurate interpretation of treatment and disposal costs for producers and distributors.

Any businesses using EEE must comply with the new regulations, meaning you must store, collect, treat, recycle and dispose of WEEE separately from your other waste. Similar to Waste Transfer Notes, you must obtain and keep proof that your WEEE was given to a reputable waste management company and treated and disposed of in an environmentally sound way. Disposal is free if you were sold the equipment after 13th August 2005 or if you are replacing with equivalent EEE. This service will be delivered through the producer take-back scheme. You must pay for WEEE where you are discarding EEE purchased before 13th August 2005, or where you are not replacing EEE with an equivalent. Payment must also be made if you can not trace the producer or their compliance scheme, or if you choose to negotiate with producers to accept the cost of treating and disposing your WEEE. The full text of the Regulations is available from the OPSI website at: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2006/20063289.htm

For an overview of the main requirements of the Regulations, visit: http://www.netregs.gov.uk/netregs/275207/1631119/?version=1&lang=_e&lang=_e Source: www.netregs.gov.uk (accessed 02/01/07) For details of JPD's one-day course on this subject visit our website or call our team on 0870 438 2573.


Consultation on Persistent Organic Pollutants

New legislation: closed

This consultation is being carried out by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs together with the Devolved Administrations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Views are being sought on the draft UK National Implementation Plan (NIP) for the Stockholm Convention on POPs. This consultation also seeks views on the proposed Persistent Organic Pollutants Regulations 2007 which supplement Regulation (EC) 850/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council on Persistent Organic Pollutants. The additional UK Regulations are required to set out certain provisions of the EC Regulation in domestic law.

The deadline for receipt of responses is 19 March 2007. Further information is available from the DEFRA website at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/organicpollutant-plan/index.htm Source: www.defra.gov.uk (accessed 02/01/07)


Consultation on the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations

New legislation: closed

DEFRA has undertaken reviews of the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations and the UK Management Plan for Exports and Imports of Waste, following changes to the EC Waste Shipments Regulation which will apply in July 2007. DEFRA has, with the agreement of the devolved administrations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, published a consultation paper on the reviews of the above legislation, which applies to shipments of waste into, out of and through the United Kingdom. The purpose of this consultation is to enable interested organisations to provide their views on revised Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations (the TFS Regulations) and/or the revised UK Plan for Shipments of Waste (the UK Plan). The consultation may be of particular interest to those who notify shipments of waste to UK competent authorities, transport waste to or from the UK, prepare waste for shipment from the UK, and those who treat waste which has been shipped into the UK. Local authorities whose waste may be shipped out of the UK for recovery overseas and non-governmental organisations with an interest in the recycling of waste may have a specific interest.

The deadline for comments on this consultation is 12 March 2007. Further information is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/tfs-regs/index.htm Source: www.defra.gov.uk (accessed 02/01/07)


Further Controls on Dangerous Substances and Preparations

New legislation: closed

In addition to the Dangerous Substances and Preparations (Safety) Regulations (SI 2006 No. 2916) reported on in the December issue of In Touch, the Controls on Dangerous Substances and Preparations Regulations 2006, SI 3311 were laid before Parliament on 15th December 2006 and entered into force on 7th January 2007. These Regulations give effect to restrictions on the marketing and use of certain of the dangerous substances and preparations set out in Council Directive 76/769/EEC on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations (OJ L262, 27.9.1976, p.201), as amended. Regulation 3 restricts the marketing and use of dangerous substances and preparations, subject to various exemptions in regulations 4 to 7. This will be enforced by the Environment Agency in England and Wales, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency in Scotland, and the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland. Schedule 1 sets out a list of substances and preparations restricted under these Regulations. No person shall place on the market or use any of the dangerous substances and preparations listed in Schedule 1 except in accordance with the restrictions set out in column 4 of that Schedule. The new Regulations revoke a number of statutory instruments, including The Environmental Protection (Controls on Injurious Substances) Regulations 1992, The Environmental Protection (Controls on Dangerous Substances) Regulations 2003, and the Marketing and Use of Dangerous Substances Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003.

The full text of the Regulations is available from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2006/20063311.htm Source: www.opsi.gov.uk (accessed 02/01/07)


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