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The Joint Waste Authorities (Proposals) Regulations 2009

New legislation: closed

Powers to establish Joint Waste Authorities (JWAs) were included in the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007. Under these powers local waste authorities that wish to work together to discharge their waste functions can submit a proposal requesting the establishment of a statutory JWA. These Regulations set out the matters that local waste authorities must include in a proposal for the establishment of a JWA as well as information that must accompany that proposal.

The Regulations and accompanying statutory guidance were published on 28 January 2009 and will come into force on 18 February 2009.

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/uksi_20090105_en_1

Further information is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/localauth/partnerwork/jwa.htm Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 03/02/2009)


The Energy Act 2008 (Commencement No. 1 and Savings) Order 2009

New legislation: closed

This Order applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and brings into force various provisions of the Energy Act 2008, on 26 January 2009, 1 April 2009 and 6 April 2009.

The full text of the Order can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/uksi_20090045_en_1

Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 03/02/2009)


The Home Information Pack (Amendment) Regulations 2009

New legislation: closed

The Home Information Pack (Amendment) (No.3) Regulations 2008 made provision for a new required document to be included in the HIP, a Property Information Questionnaire (PIQ). The PIQ should be completed by sellers and will contain basic information about the property that is likely to be of assistance to potential buyers.The PIQ is intended to improve the content and accessibility of the HIP by providing buyers with the type of information they want to know during their first steps in a transaction and before they invest financially and emotionally in a particular property. It is therefore important that the PIQ is made available by the seller at the very beginning of the process and is not treated in the same way as other documents provided by third parties (e.g. searches) that can be left out of the HIP when marketing starts, provided that they have been ordered and are expected to be obtained within 28 days. Due to an oversight the Home Information Pack (Amendment) (No.3) Regulations 2008 did not provide for this and this regulation amends the principal Regulations to provide that the PIQ must be part of the HIP when marketing begins. This requirement will have effect from 6 April 2009.

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/uksi_20090034_en_1 Further information is available from: http://www.communities.gov.uk/housing/buyingselling/homeinformation/

Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 03/02/2009)


Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2009

New legislation: closed

These Regulations came into force on 30 January 2009 and apply to England and Wales.They make various amendments to the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994, in order to further implement Directive 92/43/EEC, on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora, with regard to England and Wales.

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/uksi_20090006_en_1

Further information is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-countryside/protection/bird-habitat/amend.htm Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 03/02/2009)


Offshore Marine Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) (Amendment) Regulations 2009

New legislation: closed

These Regulations came into force on 30 January 2009 and apply to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.They amend the Offshore Marine Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 2007, in relation to marine areas where the UK has jurisdiction beyond its territorial sea. The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/uksi_20090007_en_1

Further information is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-countryside/protection/bird-habitat/amend.htm

Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 03/02/2009)


The Water (Prevention of Pollution) (Code of Good Agricultural Practice) (England) Order 2009

New legislation: closed

In January 2009 the Secretary of State issued the Code of Good Agricultural Practice to protect water, soil and air quality, which revoked in relation to England the separate Water, Air and Soil Codes published by what were then the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Welsh Office Agricultural Department in October 1998. One of those Codes, the Code of Good Agricultural Practice for the Protection of Water, had been approved under section 97(1) of the Water Resources Act 1991 by the Water (Prevention of Pollution) (Code of Practice) Order 1998 (S.I. 1998/3084). This instrument revokes and replaces S.I. 1998/3084 in relation to England, and approves the 2009 Code under section 97(1) of the Water Resources Act 1991, in so far as the Code was issued, essentially, for the purpose of giving guidance with respect to activities that may affect controlled waters and for promoting desirable practices for avoiding or minimising the pollution of controlled waters. As a result of this approval, the Environment Agency is required to take into account whether there has been or is likely to be any contravention of the 2009 Code in determining when and how to exercise certain powers under the 1991 Act (imposing prohibitions and exercising powers conferred by regulations).This instrument comes into force on 6th February 2009 and it applies to England.

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/uksi_20090046_en_1

Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 03/02/2009)


Freshwater Fish Conservation (Prohibition on Fishing for Eels) (Scotland) Regulations 2008

New legislation: closed

These Regulations came into force on 26 January 2009 and apply to Scotland only.They are made in accordance with the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003, and prohibit the fishing for eels of the species Anguilla Anguilla, unless a licence has been granted by the Scottish Ministers. By virtue of section 51A(8) of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003 any person who acts in contravention of these Regulations shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale. These Regulations are made in implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1100/2007 establishing measures for the recovery of the stock of European eel (Anguilla Anguilla).

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2008/ssi_20080419_en_1

Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 03/02/2009)


The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2008

New legislation: closed

These Regulations came into force on 26 January 2009 and apply to Scotland only.They make various amendments to the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations SI 1994/2716, in order to further implement Directive 92/43/EEC, on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora, with regard to Scotland.

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2008/ssi_20080425_en_1

Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 03/02/2009)


Consultation on proposals to amend the SEPA Pollution Prevention and Control Fees and Charges Scheme

New legislation: closed

This is the phase two Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) charging scheme consultation and proposes amendments to reduce charges for some smaller chemical installations and introduce a new charging factor related to the SEPA compliance assessment scheme. The consultation closes on the 20 April 2009.

Further information is available from: http://www.sepa.org.uk/about_us/consultations.aspx

Source: http://www.sepa.org.uk/  (accessed 02/02/2009)


Proposed revisions to the Waste Management Charging Scheme (Northern Ireland) 2003

New legislation: closed

A consultation paper was launched on 16th January 2009 on the review of fees and charges for waste activities in Northern Ireland.The consultation closes on the 27th February 2009

Further information is available from: http://www.ni-environment.gov.uk/other-index/news.htm?act=d&id=22318&ho=1233581779953

Source: http://www.ni-environment.gov.uk/  (accessed 02/02/2009


Water Framework Directive - Draft River Basin Management Plans

New legislation: closed

The Environment Agency is asking businesses and the public for their views on how to improve and protect the water environment in the Anglian, Dee, Humber, Northumbria, North West, Severn, Solway Tweed, South East, Thames and Western Wales.The draft River Basin Management Plans were released for consultation on 22 December 2008. The responses from the consultation will help inform the final River Basin Management Plans. The final plans will set out how the water environment will be managed over the next 5 years. The WFD will run in three, six year cycles which will take us up to 2027.  The plans state the current state of each water body within the river basin district, what the EA hopes to achieve for it and summarises what actions the EA will use to deliver the plans. The consultations will run until 22 June 2009. 

Further information is available from: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/research/planning/33106.aspx

Source: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/  (accessed 02/02/2009)


Reminder - The Health and Safety Offences Act 2008

New legislation: closed

The Health and Safety Offences Act 2008 came into force on Friday, 16 January 2009. This new Act increases penalties and provides courts with greater sentencing powers for those who break health and safety law.

The effect of the Act is to:

  • raise the maximum fine which may be imposed in the lower courts to £20,000 for most health and safety offences;
  • make imprisonment an option for more health and safety offences in both the lower and higher courts;
  • make certain offences, which are currently triable only in the lower courts, triable in either the lower or higher courts.

The new penalties in the Act are not retrospective and will not apply to offences committed before 16 January 2009. The full text of the Act can be found at:  http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2008/ukpga_20080020_en_1

Further information is available from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2009/e09011.htm?ebul=hsegen/26-jan-2009&cr=3

Source: www.hse.co.uk (accessed 02/02/2009)


New Gas Safe Register

New legislation: closed

Last year, HSE announced changes to the gas installer registration scheme in Great Britain. The scheme currently operated by CORGI will be replaced on 1 April 2009 by the new Gas Safe RegisterTM (operated by Capita). The Gas Safe Register will be the only gas installer registration scheme approved by HSE from 1 April under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. All gas installers wanting to undertake domestic gas work in Great Britain from 1 April will need, under those Regulations, to be registered with this scheme in order to be able lawfully to carry out any work on gas fittings, which includes gas appliances. Gas Safe Register will maintain an up-to-date register of gas installers who are qualified to install or repair gas fittings and appliances. It will have systems in place to check the competence of gas installers, inspect their work and to deal with complaints about unsafe gas work. The operation of the Gas Safe Register will be overseen by HSE as the regulator with responsibility for gas safety. This means that from 1 April, in order to ensure that gas installers are lawfully able to carry out the gas work, domestic users of gas should ask for a Gas Safe Registered Engineer and not any other. The CORGI register will no longer count for those purposes. The Gas Safe Register opened on Monday 19th January 2009 for currently registered gas installers to register in advance with new scheme by telephone or through the website: http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/

Further information is available from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/domestic/gas-safe-register.htm?ebul=hsegen/2-feb-2009&cr=2

Source: www.hse.co.uk (accessed 02/02/2009)


Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008 (Commencement No. 1)

New legislation: closed

This Order applies to Scotland only, and brings into force various provisions of the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008, on 26 January 2009 and 1 April 2009.

The full text of the Order can be found at:  http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2009/ssi_20090009_en_1

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk (accessed 03/02/2009)


ISO 27001 Information Security Management

New legislation: closed

security.jpg A one-day course to help you understand the systematic approach to managing sensitive company information and ensuring it remains secure, also encompassing people, processes and IT. What You Will Learn

  • Knowledge of ISO 27001
  • The essential themes of Information Security Management Systems (ISMS)
The Course
  • What is ISO 27001?
  • Background to ISO 27001
  • Importance of the 10 key controls to the ISMS policy:
    • Security policy
    • Organisation of assets and resource
    • Asset clarification and control
    • Personnel security
    • Physical and environmental security
    • Communications and operations management
    • Access control
    • Systems development and maintenance
    • Business continuity management
    • Compliance
  • Implementation plans
  • Case study
    • Business retention
    • New business development
    • Creating new awareness within the workforce
  • Action points for your development
Who Should Attend?
  • Anyone wishing to gain knowledge of the Information Security Management System standard ISO 27001.
  • Anyone responsible for implementing an ISO 27001 management system
Dates

22nd April 2009 at Plumley near Manchester 10th June 2009 at Dunstable near Luton

The cost is £280 + vat, book online and receive £20 discount, see our website or alternatively call a member of our friendly team on 01565 724200


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