Issue May 2008


Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008

New legislation: closed

The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008

These Regulations implement in Northern Ireland Articles 7 (energy performance certificate), 9 (inspection of air-conditioning systems) and 10 (independent experts) of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, which lays down requirements for the production of energy performance certificates when buildings are constructed, sold or rented out, display of display energy certificates in large public buildings providing a public service, and regular inspections of air-conditioning systems.The proposed timetable for energy performance certificates is as follows: 

Commencement Date
Sale 30 June 2008
Dwellings New builds 30 September 2008
Rental 30 December 2008
Sale 30 December 2008
Buildings other than Dwellings New builds 30 September 2008
Rental 30 December 2008

A certificate is to be made available to the owner or to the prospective buyer or tenant when a building is constructed, sold or rented out. The validity of the certificate is not to exceed 10 years. The certificate is to contain reference values such as current legal standards and benchmarks to allow comparison of the energy performance of buildings. It is to be accompanied by recommendations for the cost effective improvement of energy performance.  In England and Wales, the requirement for an EPC forms part of the Home Information Packs (HIPS); however, there are no immediate plans to introduce HIPS into Northern Ireland.  In buildings over 1,000 m2  where public services are provided to a large number of persons, a display energy certificate (DEC) has to be prominently displayed in the building. This is valid for 1 year and has to be accompanied by an advisory report which is valid for 7 years. 

The full text of the Regulation can be accessed from:

Further information is available from:  Source: (accessed 01/05/08)

Environmental Incident Planning and Investigation

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A one day programme showing how to anticipate and avoid environmental incidents and how to investigate those that have happened

What you will learn  

Pro-actively avoiding Environmental Incidents and demonstrating this to external agencies.  Emergency action if things do go wrong to ensure environmental best practice  Dealing with the media - avoiding negative PR  Methods of incident categorisation and who to contact.  Measuring the impact, capturing data and reporting.  Planning long term corrective action and monitoring.  Installing Environmental Incident Plan into the Management System.

The Course  

Environmental Aspects and Impacts arising from activities within your company and the negative impact they could have on the Environment.  How to avoid incidents using your Environmental Management System (EMS) and audit programme.  What is an incident and what do you do if one occurs.  Methods of categorising incidents the response needed and investigation required.  First response, data collection, incident categorisation and communication plan.  Monitoring and long term plan of corrective action.

Who should attend?  

Senior Managers responsible for legislation  Media Managers responsible for PR  HS and E Managers  Operational Line Managers where there are Environmental Aspects

Next Steps  

  • Accident Investigation  
  • Environmental Legislation  
  • Environmental Auditing
  • Environmental Management

The Green Commute - Determine your Company Surface Access Strategy

New legislation: closed

A two day workshop for your company on how to plan and introduce solutions to reduce the amount of car usage by employees and customers.

What you will learn  

Why this is important and where it fits in your Corporate Responsibility and Carbon Footprint  The positive benefits on the environment, company, community, internal relations and PR  Gathering demographical information on present methods of transportation used by the staff  Realistic Target setting and employee driven solutions  Practical solutions to reduce the amount of car usage and the investment required

The  Course  

The Corporate Responsibility Statement and ensuring the scope and objective fit  Environmental aspects and the impacts caused by the use of motor vehicles  Further benefits of reduced motor vehicle use  Surveying and data analysis techniques to gather demographical data  Solutions to reduce the amount of motor vehicle usage  Managing the solutions and communication techniques to encourage these methods of transport  The financial and personal commitment to the project  Measurement of the success and communication

Who should attend?  

Senior Managers responsible for Corporate Responsibility strategy  HR Managers  HS and E Managers  Media Managers responsible for PR

Next steps...  

  • Analysing and reporting
  • CSM Data  
  • Environmental Management Systems  
  • Managing your Carbon Footprint
  • EMS Implementation

Asbestos Awareness Training

New legislation: closed

Essential knowledge for all who might come into contact with asbestos. 

This course is particularly relevant to maintenance personnel and supervisors

Course Content

  • Asbestos Law
  • Sources of Asbestos and Types
  • Properties of Asbestos
  • Use of Asbestos in Buildings
  • Why it is Dangerous
  • Respiratory System Defence
  • Asbestos Related Diseases
  • Duties and Responsibilities
  • Types of Survey
  • Management Plan
  • Accidental Disturbance of Asbestos
  • Work not requiring a License
  • Validation Questionnaire   


Paul Newstead is a qualified (P402) asbestos surveyor and has extensive experience of delivering skills training to practical people Materials: Course handouts will be in the form of sheets supplied by the HSE. 


This half-day seminar covers the essential information. An extension to one day allows inclusion of practical demonstration of use of PPE (overall) and decontamination procedure in addition to a more thorough period for discussion of questions and answers. 


A maximum of twelve delegates is recommended for this course

All delegates receive a certificate verifying attendance and completion of the

The Waste Management Licences (Consultation and Compensation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008

New legislation: closed

Article 6(4) of the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 (the 1997 Order?) allows the Department to impose on a waste management licence conditions which require the licence holder to carry out works or do other things notwithstanding that he is not entitled to do so. Articles 10(1) and (2)(a), 12(8) and 16(7) of the 1997 Order, allows the Department to impose similar conditions when modifying the conditions of, or suspending, a waste management licence. Where such a condition is imposed, any person whose consent would be required before the works, etc. could be carried out must grant to the licence holder, or join in granting, such rights as will enable him to comply with the condition. The purpose of this Regulation is to ensure that affected landowners must be consulted, in advance, if the conditions on a waste management licence have the effect of forcing them to grant rights over their land to a waste site operator. In addition, the Regulations also provide for people who grant such rights in relation to their land, to secure fair compensation for loss and damage caused as a result, as well as provide the basis on which the amount of compensation is to be assessed. This Regulation will come into operation on 19th May 2008.

The full text of the Regulation can be accessed from:

Source: (accessed 01/05/08)

Species Action Plans for Northern Ireland just published

New legislation: closed

In line with the UK biodiversity process, a series of proposals for a Northern Ireland Biodiversity Strategy were published by the Northern Ireland Biodiversity Group (NIBG) in June 1999. Following lengthy consultation, the Group formally presented their final Recommendations to Government in October 2000. The Government welcomed and accepted the recommendations of the NIBG in August 2002 and committed itself to implementing biodiversity as major component of Government policy across all departments. The Biodiversity unit within EHS is tasked with leading the actions identified by the Northern Ireland Biodiversity Strategy to protect the variety of Northern Ireland’s natural habitats and species. Biodiversity in Northern Ireland: Recommendations to Government for a Biodiversity Strategy? (NIBG, 2000) included an initial list of 36 Northern Irish species which require Northern Ireland Species Action Plans (SAPs). This list was reviewed and an updated list published on the EHS web page in March 2004. Already 23 Northern Ireland Species Action Plans have been published. For some species action is best undertaken at an all-Ireland level. Through a partnership between EHS and National Parks and Wildlife Service in Dublin, four all-Ireland species action plans have already been published.

A further 11 Northern Ireland species action plans and two All-Ireland species action plans have just been published and can be viewed at:

Source: (accessed 01/05/08)

The Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (Scotland) Regulations 2008

New legislation: closed

 These Regulations, which come into force on 9th May 2008 and extend to Scotland only, consolidate the four sets of regulations which have previously declared fuels to be authorised fuels for the purposes of Part III of the Clean Air Act 1993. The authorised fuels are described in Schedule 1. Eight additional fuels are also now authorised: 1. Big K Instant Lighting Fire Logs; 2. Briteheat briquettes; 3. Ecoal briquettes; 4. La Hacienda Easy Logs; 5. Optima Fire Logs; 6. Pyrobloc Fire Logs; 7. Unicite; and 8. ZIP Firelogs which meet the criteria listed in the Schedule for Big K Instant Lighting Fire Logs. A savings provision ensures that authorised fuels manufactured before 8th May 2008 may still be used in a smoke control area.

The full text of the Regulation can be accessed from: Source: (accessed 01/05/08)

Smoke Control Areas (Exempt Fireplaces) (Scotland) Order 2008

New legislation: closed

This Order, which extends to Scotland only, makes provision for exemption from the prohibition, under section 20 of the Clean Air Act 1993, of the emission of smoke in smoke control areas. The Order exempts those fireplaces described in the Schedule which comply with the conditions specified in respect of those fireplaces from the prohibition under section 20 (article 2).

The full text of the Order can be accessed from: Source:  (accessed 01/05/08)

Consultation on possible new markets for organic waste

New legislation: closed

On 7 April a twelve week consultation started to make organic waste easier for industry to reprocess into other products so as to divert it from landfill. Encouraging technology that reduces the amount of organic waste sent to landfill is the driving force behind this consultation by the Waste Protocols Project, a joint Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and Environment Agency initiative. The Quality Protocol for the production and use of quality outputs from Anaerobic Digestion (AD), could make it easier to turn biodegradable waste into valuable products such as fertilisers and soil conditioners. It could also ease the regulatory burden by defining when the matter produced digestate - stops being waste and therefore no longer needs to be subject to regulatory control.

The Consultation documents can be accessed from: Source: (accessed 29/04/08)

Reminder - The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007

New legislation: closed

On 6 April 2008, the Environmental Permitting Regulations came into force, aiming to make it quicker and easier for businesses to apply for or change a permit. These Regulations replaced the system of waste management licensing in Part II of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Waste Management Licensing Regulations 1994 (as amended), and the system of permitting in the Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000 (as amended), with a new system of environmental permitting in England and Wales. If you’ve got a Waste Management licence or PPC permit, it automatically became an environmental permit on the 6 April 2008. You don need to reapply, and the Environment Agency won send you a new one. The conditions and subsistence fees stay the same. If you hold an exemption from WML, then from 6 April 2008, you will instead be exempt from environmental permitting. There are some changes, for example to paragraph numbers and to the regulation of hazardous wastes. The other changes include: -You will be able to apply for and pay for an environmental permit online, later in the year.  -You will have a dedicated team to deal with all environmental permit applications. -The EA will launch 27 standard permits for low to medium-risk waste activities. These permits will be cheaper to apply for (the EA will issue them within three months). -A single permit could cover all the relevant activities on your site. -If you’re a waste operator, you will soon be able to choose how you prove your technical competence. The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from:

Further information is available from:

Source:  (accessed 29/04/08)

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