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F-gases now regulated in Northern Ireland

If you own or service refrigeration or air-conditioning equipment in Northern Ireland you now have to test for fluorinated gas (F-gas) leaks, keep records of checks, and ensure that anyone maintaining or dismantling equipment is fully qualified. The same rules already apply in the rest of the UK.The Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009 introduce offences regarding leakages, record keeping, instruction manuals, F-gas recovery, labelling of products containing F-gases, restrictions on use of sulphur hexafluoride and on placing F-gases on the market, and qualification requirements.

Further information is available from:

http://www.netregs.gov.uk/netregs/63167.aspx?dm_i=2WX,1CCJ,8LFWA,3Z79,1

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/sr/sr2009/nisr_20090184_en_1 Source: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/  (accessed 01/07/2009)

 

ISSUE : July 2009

Battery landfill ban now in Scotland

On 6 July, Scotland joins the rest of the UK in introducing a ban on incinerating or disposing of untreated industrial and automotive (vehicle) batteries in landfill from 1 January 2010. Under the new regulations you also have to store batteries in weatherproof and leak-proof containersWaste Batteries (Scotland) Regulations 2009 amend the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2000 to ban incinerating waste industrial and automotive batteries and amend the Landfill (Scotland) Regulations 2003 to ban industrial and automotive batteries from landfill.

Further information is available from: http://www.netregs.gov.uk/netregs/businesses/62153.aspx?dm_i=2WX,1CCJ,8LFWA,3Z79,1

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2009/ssi_20090247_en_1

Source: www.netregs.gov.uk  (accessed 01/07/2009)

 

ISSUE : July 2009

Water Supply (Water Quality) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009

The amendment Regulations are primarily concerned with the quality of water supplied in Northern Ireland for drinking, washing, cooking, food preparation, and for food production, and with arrangements for the publication of information about water quality. They amend the main Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007.These regulations are coming into force 15th July 2009.

Further information is available from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/sr/sr2009/em/nisrem_20090246_en.pdf

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/sr/sr2009/nisr_20090246_en_1 Source: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/  (accessed 01/07/2009)

 

ISSUE : July 2009

Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009

The Bill for this Act of the Scottish Parliament was passed by the Parliament on 13th May 2009 and received Royal Assent on 16th June 2009This Act of the Scottish Parliament makes provision about the assessment and sustainable management of flood risks, including provision for implementing European Parliament and Council Directive 2007/60/EC; it makes provision about local authorities' and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency's functions in relation to flood risk management and amends the Reservoirs Act 1975.

The Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act introduces:

·         A framework for coordination and cooperation between all organisations involved in flood risk management
·         Assessment of flood risk and preparation of flood risk management plans
·         New responsibilities for SEPA, Scottish Water and local authorities for flood risk management
·         A revised, streamlined process
·         New methods to enable stakeholders and the public to contribute to managing flood risk
·         A new single enforcement agency for the safe operation of Scotland's reservoirs

The full text of the Act can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/acts2009/asp_20090006_en_1 Source: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/  (accessed 01/07/2009)

 

ISSUE : July 2009

Consultation on the Adaptation Reporting Power in the Climate Change Act 2008

The Climate Change Act 2008 gave the Government a power to ask public sector organisations, and statutory undertakers (such as energy and water companies) to report on their assessment of the risks climate change poses to them, and the actions they are going to take in response. This power is known as the Adaptation Reporting Power. This consultation covers the main questions about the proposed use of the new power, and seeks views on: Who should report?: the proposed strategy for using the reporting power including the proposed list of priority reporting authorities; What needs to be done? : a draft Direction to authorities; How should it be done?: draft Statutory Guidance to reporting authorities; and What are the costs and benefits?: an Impact Assessment, forecasting the costs and benefits associated with the proposals.

The closing date for responses to this consultation is: Wednesday 9 September. Consultation document is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/climate-change-adapting/consultation.pdf

Further information is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climatechange/adapt/index.htm Source: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/ (accessed 01/07/2009)

 

ISSUE : July 2009

Consultation on the Implementation of the Market Surveillance and Enforcement Requirements of the Eco-design of Energy Using Products and Energy Labeling Framework Directives

The Eco-design of Energy Using Products (2005/32/EC) and Energy Labeling (92/75/EC) Framework Directives require manufacturers to ensure that the products they place on the market perform above the minimum standard set by EuP, and within the claimed performance declared on the energy label. The Energy Labeling Framework Directive also includes a requirement on distributors to ensure that they display an energy label at the point of sale. Given the number of implementing measures recently agreed or planned for agreement over the coming 2-3 years, it is important to now look at enforcement options with a view to put in place an appropriate Market Surveillance Authority with adequate resources and powers to safeguard the significant benefits of these directives.

This consultation therefore seeks views on:

Part 1 - Who should carry out the Market Surveillance and Enforcement activities moving forward.
Part 2 - Expansion of the enforcement options available to the enforcement body.
Part 3 - Draft Government guidance documents for the first 5 implementing measures recently agreed in Europe under the EUP.
The closing date for responses to this consultation is: Friday 4th September.

Consultation document is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/eup-labelling/consultation.pdf

Further information is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/business/products/mtp/

Source: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/  (accessed 01/07/2009)

 

ISSUE : July 2009

The Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009

These Regulations consolidate, revoke and re-enact with amendments the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002.These Regulations, as respects Northern Ireland-

(a) provide for the enforcement of Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures ("the CLP Regulation"), in addition to the enforcement of these Regulations;

(b) implement parts of Directive 2006/121/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 on the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances in order to adapt it to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and establishing a European Chemicals Agency; (c) implement Council Directive 1992/32/EEC amending for the 7th time Council Directive 67/548/EEC, in so far as its provisions relate to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances ("the substances Directive"); and

(d) implement Council Directive 1999/45/EC on the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous preparations ("the preparations Directive").

The main purpose of the CLP Regulation is to adopt within the European Community the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) published by the UN Social and Economic Council. The UN GHS is the result of an international agreement made at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. It sets out internationally accepted definitions and criteria to identify the hazards of chemicals and to communicate those hazards via labels and safety data sheets. The GHS is a voluntary international agreement and countries may keep national requirements that are not covered by the GHS provided that they do not contradict it.

The CLP Regulation progressively replaces, with transitional arrangements, the current Community classification and labeling system for hazardous chemicals with a new system based on the GHS. It replaces certain provisions of the substances Directive and the preparations Directive relating to the classification, packaging and labeling of substances and preparations through a two-stage process, first for substances and then for mixtures (currently referred to as "preparations"). Whilst many of the classification criteria, hazard symbols and labeling phrases are similar to the existing system, there are also some differences. The CLP Regulation requires duty holders to classify, label and package hazardous chemicals before placing them on the market in accordance with its provisions.

In Great Britain the corresponding Regulations are the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2009

These Regulations are coming into force 27th July 2009.

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/sr/sr2009/nisr_20090238_en_1

Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 01/07/2009)

 

ISSUE : July 2009

HSE publishes 2009/10 Business Plan

New Health and Safety Executive (HSE) strategy, The Health and Safety of Great Britain \\ Be part of the solution, defines the goals that HSE and all stakeholders in the health and safety system must strive to achieve. The business plan for 2009/10 demonstrates how the HSE will co-ordinate actions with local authority partners and others to begin turning those strategic goals into reality.The Business plan 2009/10 can be downloaded from:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/strategiesandplans/businessplans/plan0910.pdf Further information is available from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/strategiesandplans/businessplans/index.htm?ebul=hsegen/29-jun-2009&cr=2

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/  (accessed 01/07/2009)

 

ISSUE : July 2009

Advisory note on the refurbishment of housing stock likely to contain asbestos

HSE has recently encountered instances during the refurbishment of social housing properties where inadequate measures had been taken to prevent unsafe work associated with asbestos containing materials (ACMs).  Workers, and in some cases tenants, may have been exposed to asbestos because of this failure to manage the risk.HSE has written an 'Advisory note on the refurbishment of housing stock likely to contain asbestos' which provides guidance to social landlords including local authorities, housing associations and social housing management companies and which sets out how to manage the risks of exposure of workers to asbestos to comply with current legislation.

The 'Advisory note on the refurbishment of housing stock likely to contain asbestos' can be downloaded from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/services/localgovernment/asbestos-guidance-refurbishment.pdf

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/  (accessed 01/07/2009)

 

ISSUE : July 2009

Gas industry unsafe situations procedure (6th edition)

Since April 1998, the gas industry has worked together to provide guidance to registered engineers on how to deal with a wide range of unsafe situations which they may identify during the course of their work on domestic and non-domestic gas installations. The 6th edition of the Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure has been compiled by a panel of industry representatives including HSE. This latest edition has been published by Gas Safe RegisterTM and came into effect on 1st April 2009.The 6th edition continues to improve industry gas safety standards in a number of key areas, it:

 

  • Reinforces key ventilation improvements in the 4th edition, in that from the 1st June 2008, all installations providing less than 90 per cent of the purpose provided ventilation requirement will be regarded as putting consumers "At Risk".
  • Offers guidance on the risk factors engineers should consider if they encounter flues located in voids which cannot be visually inspected.
  • <>Introduces a wider range of information regarding unsafe situations identified on LPG installations.
  • Includes advice on the actions required in line with BS7967 when using electronic portable combustion gas analysers to investigate reports of fumes.
  • Clarifies RIDDOR reporting guidance for major injury incidents and dangerous gas fittings.

HSE continues to support the gas industry in taking forward improvements to the procedure to help engineers respond effectively when unsafe gas installations are identified, thus helping to improve gas safety protection for consumers.

Due to the transition to the new gas registration body (Gas Safe RegisterTM) the 5th edition of the procedure did not come into effect, so the predecessor of the 6th edition is the 4th edition.

Further information is available from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/domestic/procedure.htm?ebul=hsegen/15-jun-2009&cr=8 Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/  (accessed 01/07/2009)

 

ISSUE : July 2009

Health and safety guidance to be free online

Authoritative guidance about how to protect employees from workplace dangers is to be given away free by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).From September 2009 around 250 priced publications that contain health and safety advice and guidance will be made freely available from HSE's website in PDF format to view and print. The publications cover the full range of HSE's guidance as well as approved codes of practice (ACOPs) and guidance on regulations. HSE said it was making the information available to help employers better understand their legal duties and what health and safety precautions they need to take, and to help safety representatives in maintaining and improving health and safety in the workplace. Those that wish to will still have the option to buy professionally produced printed versions from HSE Books. Although the publications will be made freely available online, Crown copyright will still apply and organisations wishing to reproduce the information will still need an appropriate licence from the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI).

Further information is available from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/news/2009/free-guidance.htm?ebul=hsegen/08-jun-2009&cr=5 Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/  (accessed 01/07/2009)

 

ISSUE : July 2009

The Radioactive Contaminated Land (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009

These Regulations come into force on 26 June 2009 and further amend the Radioactive Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2007, as already amended by the Radioactive Contaminated Land (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2007. The Regulations make two additional modifications in relation to radioactive contaminated land other than land contaminated by a nuclear occurrence. They provide for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to determine whether such land is "contaminated land". They also modify the definition of "substance" contained in the two sets of 2007 Regulations.

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2009/ssi_20090202_en_1 Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 08/06/09)

 

ISSUE : June 2009

The Merchant Shipping (Implementation of Ship-Source Pollution Directive) Regulations 2009

These Regulations implement European Directive 2005/35/EC on ship-source pollution and on the introduction of penalties for infringements and make amendments to multiple pieces of legislation. Under the Regulations, the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 is amended to limit the provisions of section 131 regarding discharges of oil or a mixture containing oil into certain types of water that are not sea.New regulations, 11A to 11C, are added to the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Oil Pollution) Regulations 1996 excepting from the prohibitions in regulations 12, 13 and 16 discharges of oil into the sea arising from damage to a ship or its equipment in certain circumstances. This removes existing defences in relation to certain discharges in those waters and introduces, in line with the Directive, new defences for those discharges which have a more limited range. The Merchant Shipping (Dangerous or Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk) Regulations 1996 are amended to provide that penalties may be imposed on any person who causes or contributes to a prohibited discharge under certain circumstances

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/uksi_20091210_en_1 Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 08/06/09)

 

ISSUE : June 2009

The Contaminants in Food (England) Regulations 2009 and The Contaminants in Food Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009

These Regulations revoke and re-enact with changes the Contaminants in Food (England) Regulations 2007 and the Contaminants in Food Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007. They make provision for the execution and enforcement of European Regulation 1881/2006 setting maximum levels for contaminants in foodstuffs. Under the new Regulations, it is an offence to use or place on the market foodstuffs containing contaminants at levels exceeding those specified. The types of contaminants specified by the European Regulation include nitrate, mycotoxins, metals, dioxins and PCBs, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

The full text of the England Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/uksi_20091223_en_1

The full text of the Northern Ireland Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/sr/sr2009/nisr_20090220_en_1 Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 08/06/09)

 

ISSUE : June 2009

Consultation on Draft Guidance on how to Measure and Report Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have issued a joint consultation on draft guidance for how UK organisations should measure and report their greenhouse gas emissions required by the Climate Change Act. The draft guidance is aimed at all UK organisations - both public and private sector - and sets out how an organisation should go about measuring and reporting their green house gas emissions in a clear and consistent way. This guidance takes account of views from a range of businesses and organisations both nationally and internationally who we engaged with informally prior to this public consultation.

The consultation will close on 7 August 2009.Further information is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/greenhouse-gas/index.htm Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/ (accessed 08/06/09)

 

ISSUE : June 2009

Consultation on Draft Guidance for the Environmental Permitting Regulations

Defra, DECC and the Welsh Assembly Government have issued a consultation invites views on the structure and content of several pieces of draft Government Guidance for the Environmental Permitting Regulations. The guidance is part of the second phase of the Environmental Permitting Programme (EPP2) which is designed to reduce costs for operators and the regulator by cutting unnecessary red tape, while continuing to protect the environment and human health. The deadline for responses is 29 July 2009.

Further information is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/env-permitting-guidance/index.htm Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/ (accessed 08/06/09)

 

ISSUE : June 2009

Consultation on the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP)

DECC are have issued a technical consultation to seek views on the proposed amendments to the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) methodology, the UK Government's tool for assessing the energy performance of dwellings. SAP currently underpins many of Government's energy and environmental policy initiatives.

The consultation invites views in particular on the following areas of SAP methodology where changes are proposed:

  • revised algorithms for the assessment of domestic hot water efficiency;
  • impacts of space cooling (air conditioning) - an addition to the methodology;
  • an explicit allowance for the impacts of thermal mass; and
  • revised internal heat gains assumptions.

The consultation will run until 12 August 2009. Further information is available from: http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/consultations/consult_sap/consult_sap.aspx Source: http://www.decc.gov.uk/ (accessed 08/06/09)

 

ISSUE : June 2009

Consultation on Smart Metering for Electricity and Gas

DECC are currently seeking views on proposals relating to the roll-out of smart meters to domestic households and at small and medium non-domestic sites. The Government announced in October 2008 that it intends to mandate electricity and gas smart meters for all households.

The consultation makes proposals in two areas fundamental to rolling out smart meters to domestic households:

  • the delivery model or market arrangements for installing and on-going management of smart meters; and
  • smart meter functionality

The consultation also invites views on the type of energy consumption information that should be provided to consumers. The deadline for responses is 3 August 2009.

Further information is available from: http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/consultations/smart_metering/smart_metering.aspx Source: http://www.decc.gov.uk/ (accessed 08/06/09)

 

ISSUE : June 2009

The Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009

These Regulations came into force on 14th April 2009. The regulations affect any business that uses, produces, supplies, or disposes of batteries, as well as any business that manufactures or designs battery-powered products.

Specifically, the regulations affect the following businesses:

  • manufacturers
  • importers
  • distributors
  • end-users (virtually every business in the UK)
  • businesses involved in treating and recycling waste batteries and accumulators
  • vehicle sales and maintenance businesses.

Waste portable, industrial and vehicle batteries in the UK must be separately collected, treated and recycled. Battery producers and retailers are to become responsible for battery recycling. If you produce more than one tonne of portable batteries per year you have to join an approved ‘compliance scheme' that will manage collection and recycling. If your business wants to offer a compliance scheme you must apply on or before 31 May 2009.

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/pdf/uksi_20090890_en.pdf Further information is available from: http://www.netregs.gov.uk/netregs/legislation/future/63655.aspx?dm_i=2WX,Z1J,8LFWA,24YO,1 Source: www.opsi.gov.uk  (accessed 06/05/2009)

 

ISSUE : May 2009

Vehicle Scrappage Scheme

A new car scrappage incentive scheme will start in May 2009. You will get a £2,000 discount on a new vehicle by scrapping your old car or van. The voluntary scheme will run until March 2010. You can benefit from the scheme if you are a private individual or a business, as long as you meet the criteria. Your vehicle must be over 10 years old and you must have been the registered keeper of the vehicle for at least 12 months. Any cars and vans up to 3.5 tonnes will qualify for the scheme. Participating car dealers will do all the paperwork and arrange for your old vehicle to be scrapped at an authorised treatment facility. They will check that the vehicle you trade in and the new vehicle you want to buy meet the conditions of the scheme. This scheme will give you the opportunity to choose a vehicle which is more fuel efficient, helping to reduce vehicle emissions and save money on fuel.

Further information is available from: http://www.netregs.gov.uk/netregs/legislation/future/63655.aspx?dm_i=2WX,Z1J,8LFWA,24YO,1 and http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/BuyingAndSellingAVehicle/AdviceOnBuyingAndSellingAVehicle/DG_177693 Source: http://www.netregs.gov.uk/  (accessed 06/05/2009)

 

ISSUE : May 2009

The Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) (Wales) Regulations 2009

 These Regulations implement Directive 2004/35/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage. They apply to damage to protected species, natural habitats, sites of special scientific interest, water and land. The Regulations provide that, for certain economic activities, where there is an imminent risk of environmental damage, the operator must take steps to prevent it, and if it has occurred must prevent further damage. Where damage has occurred the enforcing authority must assess the damage and identify remedial measures. It must then serve a remediation notice on the responsible operator specifying what remediation is required. Breach of specified provisions of the Regulations is an offence punishable- (a) on summary conviction, with a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or both; or (b) on conviction on indictment, with a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or both. These Regulations come into force on 6th May 2009

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/wales/wsi2009/wsi_20090995_en_1 Source: www.opsi.gov.uk  (accessed 05/05/2009)

 

ISSUE : May 2009

The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2009

 These Regulations, which came into force on 6th April 2009, further amend, in relation to Wales, the Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) Regulations 1989 and revoke the Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2006. The effect of these Regulations is to increase certain fees payable, in relation to Wales, under the 1989 Regulations by 4.2 per cent.

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/wales/wsi2009/wsi_20090851_en_1 Source: www.opsi.gov.uk  (accessed 05/05/2009)

 

ISSUE : May 2009

The Animal By-Products (Amendment) Regulations 2009

These Regulations amend the Animal By-Products Regulations 2005 to include the Isle of Wight as a remote area for the purposes of Article 24(1)(b) of Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down health rules concerning animal by-products not intended for human consumption.This amendment to the 2005 Regulations will enable the disposal of certain categories of animal by-products on the Isle of Wight by burning or burial on site, provided that the disposal is done in accordance with Part C of Annex II to Commission Regulation (EC) No 811/2003 implementing Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the intra-species recycling ban for fish, the burial and burning of animal by-products and certain transitional measures. These Regulations came into force on 2nd May 2009

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/uksi_20091119_en_1 Source: www.opsi.gov.uk  (accessed 05/05/2009)

 

ISSUE : May 2009

The Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009

These Regulations prohibit the use of lead shot for shooting with a shot gun on or over wetlands where "Lead shot" means any shot made of lead or of any alloy or compound of lead where lead comprises more than 1% of that alloy or compound.Regulation 3 defines "wetlands" by reference to the Ramsar Convention (the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat signed at Ramsar on 2nd February 1971), with further explanation of the terms "peatland" and "temporary" wetlands for the purposes of the Regulations. Regulation 5 makes in an offence to use lead shot or allow lead shot to be used for the purpose of shooting with a shot gun on or over wetlands. This offence is punishable summarily with a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale. The powers of enforcement set out in Article 72 of the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 apply to these Regulations. These Regulations were made 20th April 2009 and are coming into operation 1st September 2009

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/sr/sr2009/nisr_20090168_en_1 Source: www.opsi.gov.uk  (accessed 05/05/2009)

 

ISSUE : May 2009

Consultation on the revised Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice

In June 2008, Defra issued a consultation on the Controls on the Handling, Transfer and Transport of Waste. As part of that consultation Defra proposed updating and reissuing the Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice. Responses to that consultation and other feedback from industry supported that proposal and suggested that the Code should be tailored to the specific role of the waste holder, so that wherever a person is in the waste management chain, clear, practical guidance is available which enables them to discharge their responsibilities under the law. Defra wants the revised Code to increase compliance with the duty, reduce inadvertent breaches and increase the quality of information passed between holders. This is not a consultation on the Duty of Care itself.  Apart from some minor changes to the paperwork requirements which Defra plans to bring into effect later this year, they are making no substantive alterations to the Duty itself.  This consultation concerns the revised Code of Practice and the extent to which it offers clear, fit for purpose and practical guidance to holders of waste. The consultations will run until 24 July 2009

Further information is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/waste-dutyofcare/index.htm Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/  (accessed 05/05/2009)

 

ISSUE : May 2009

Changes to COMAH - gas storage

The COMAH Competent Authority (comprising of the Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency) has recently concluded that the on-shore storage of natural gas in underground natural strata, such as depleted reservoirs, is subject to the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999 (COMAH). This decision was effected from 26 February 2009.The decision follows an announcement by the European Commission in October 2008 that it expects Member States to apply the Seveso II Directive (96/83/EC) to such storage sites to ensure that equivalent regulatory requirements apply across the European Union. The Directive is implemented in Great Britain through the COMAH Regulations. Underground storage sites will come within the scope of COMAH if the quantity of natural gas stored meets or exceeds the thresholds in Schedule 1, Part 2 of the Regulations i.e. 50 tonnes (lower tier) and 200 tonnes (top tier). In practice, all sites are likely to be top tier sites. HSE is already contacting the sites affected by this decision and will be clarifying guidance for duty holders over the coming months. The decision means that the same regulatory regime applies to storage in man-made (salt) caverns and natural strata. The primary safety duties will be demonstrated through COMAH, but the Borehole Sites and Operations Regulations 1995 still apply and may require further consideration subject to the activity on the site.

Further information is available from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/comah/gasstorage.htm?ebul=hsegen/27-apr-2009&cr=6 Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/  (accessed 29/04/2009)

 

ISSUE : May 2009

The Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Act 2009

The House of Lords (HoL) decision in Johnston v NEI International Combustion Ltd, published on 17 October 2007, ruled that asymptomatic pleural plaques (an asbestos-related condition) do not give rise to a cause of action because they do not signify damage or injury that is sufficiently material to found a claim for damages in tort. The judgment is not binding in Scotland, but is highly persuasive. The equivalent cause of action in Scotland is "delict": in a delictual action a person may claim civil damages against another person responsible for a wrongful act that has caused loss or injury.The purpose of the Act is to ensure that the HoL judgment does not have effect in Scotland and that people with pleural plaques caused by wrongful exposure to asbestos can raise an action for damages. As it is possible that the courts might look to Johnstonas authority in relation to claims in respect of other asymptomatic asbestos-related conditions, the Act also provides that asymptomatic pleural thickening and asymptomatic asbestosis, when caused by wrongful exposure to asbestos, continue to give rise to a claim for damages in Scotland. The Act does not affect the law on quantum (the amount that is paid in damages). Where a person sustains a physical injury which is compensatable the compensation they receive can include sums for e.g. anxiety and risk of the person's condition deteriorating in the future.

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/acts2009/asp_20090004_en_1 Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 05/05/2009)

 

ISSUE : May 2009

Health and safety law poster

As from 6 April 2009, HSE is publishing new versions of its approved health and safety poster and leaflet.The new versions are modern, eye-catching and easy to read. They set out in simple terms, using numbered lists of basic points, what employers and workers must do, and tell you what to do if there is a problem. Employers can, if they wish, continue to use their existing versions of poster and leaflet until 5 April 2014, as long as they are readable and the addresses of the enforcing authority and the Employment Medical Advisory Service up to date. This information can be obtained from HSE's Infoline on 0845 345 0055. The leaflet that employers can give to workers, instead of displaying the poster, will be in the form of a pocket card that is better suited to the workplace. These will also be available from 6 April 2009. As from 6 April 2009 it will only be possible to buy the new law poster and obtain the new pocket cards. The new law poster, pocket cards and other formats can be ordered from HSE Books (tel: 01787 881165) and will be distributed by HSE Books and booksellers from 6 April 2009 onwards.

Further information is available from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/lawposter.htm?ebul=hsegen/27-apr-2009&cr=10 Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/  (accessed 29/04/2009)

 

ISSUE : May 2009

Guidance for first aid training organisations

The revised guidance ‘First-aid training and qualifications for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981: A guide for training organisations' is now available. Publication will help first aid training organisations prepare for introduction of the new training regime for first aiders in the workplace. Full implementation will take place from 1 October 2009. Prior to implementation, the current guidance for first aid at work training providers still applies.

This guide is available from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/web41.pdf

Further information is available from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/training-guidance.htm Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/  (accessed 29/04/2009)

 

ISSUE : May 2009

Leadership & Management Funding now available

With the difficult UK economic conditions, training can sometimes fall by the wayside, however why not use this as an opportunity to fine tune your teams skills to overtake your competition?  The UK Government are investing heavily in skills and training so why not take advantage of it?  One example of available funding is the Train to Gain Leadership and Management initiative. Did you know that all organisations with up to 999 employees are eligible to receive up to £7000 of funding for the training & development of up to 7 key managers or leaders? Train to Gain do specify certain eligibility criteria and organisations with 250-999 employees can only receive up to £6000 of funding.  The first £500 of each £1000 of grant support to the business shall not require match funding and must benefit the key manager/leader.

To find out if you are eligible for the funding pleasevisit http://www.traintogain.gov.uk/Helping_Your_Business/eligible/default.htm or call 0800 0155545.

The majority of JPD's courses are eligible for this funding including our Manager Development programme and our Management Systems courses, please visit our website to find out more about the wide range of subjects we provide training for http://www.jpd.co.uk/courses/course_category.htm

 

ISSUE : April 2009

Gypsum waste banned from landfill

In England,Northern Ireland and Wales, as of 1 April 2009, the Environment Agency and Northern Ireland Environment Agency have revised their policies for disposing of gypsum waste to landfill. Previously, waste containing less than 10% gypsum could be sent to landfill. The environment agencies have removed this guideline value. In England and Wales, if you send waste containing any amount of gypsum to landfill it must now go to a separate cell for high sulphate waste. In Northern Ireland, if you send non-hazardous waste containing any amount of gypsum to landfill it must now go to a separate cell for high sulphate waste or to a non-hazardous landfill where no biodegradable waste is accepted. You must dispose of gypsum-based materials that are classified as hazardous waste in a hazardous waste landfill.

Further information is available from: http://www.netregs.gov.uk/netregs/businesses/construction/62381.aspx?dm_i=2WX,T4U,8LFWA,1Q1Z,1 and http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/topics/waste/32148.aspx

Source: http://www.netregs.gov.uk/  (accessed 01/04/2009)

 

ISSUE : April 2009

Hazardous waste burden eased for business

In England, the amount of hazardous waste you can produce in a year without registering with the Environment Agency is rising from 200kg to 500kg on 6 April 2009 in a bid to ease the burden for businesses. There are still strict controls on how this waste is stored, moved and disposed of.

Further information is available from: http://www.netregs.gov.uk/netregs/63472.aspx?dm_i=2WX,T4U,8LFWA,1Q1Z,1

Source: http://www.netregs.gov.uk/  (accessed 01/04/2009)

 

ISSUE : April 2009

The Environmental Noise (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2009

This Instrument amends the Environmental Noise (Wales) Regulations 2006 which transposes Directive 2002/49/EC on the assessment and management of environmental noise, also known as the Environmental Noise Directive (END). A number of amendments are made, which largely reflect both policy advances in the field of environmental noise, while still fulfilling the transposition requirements of the Directive. Amendments to the regulations include inserting/amending a number of definitions, allowing noise sources identified for future noise mapping to be published in the form of maps, allowing quiet areas to be identified as part of the agglomeration action planning process, providing ministers with the power to produce consolidated maps and replaces ministers duty to publish action planning guidance with a power to do so. The regulations apply to Wales only, although similar amendment regulations are currently being considered in England by Defra.These Regulations came into force on 9 February 2009. The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/wales/wsi2009/wsi_20090047_en_1

Further information is available from: http://www.cynulliadcymru.org/bus-home/bus-guide-docs-pub/bus-business-documents/bus-business-documents-doc-laid.htm?act=dis&id=113049&ds=2/2009

Source: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/  (accessed 31/03/2009)

 

ISSUE : April 2009

NIEA Position Statement on the Environmental Regulation of Wood

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) have launched their position statement on the Environmental Regulation of Wood.The purpose of this position statement is to advise NIEA staff and external stakeholders on when NIEA considers wood to be a waste, what regulatory controls should be followed and what are NIEA recommendations to industry. The document deals with virgin timbers and non-virgin timbers.

The full text of the Position Statement can be accessed from: http://www.ni-environment.gov.uk/environmental_regulation_of_wood.pdf

Source:http://www.ni-environment.gov.uk/ (accessed 31/03/2009)

 

ISSUE : April 2009

NIEA - Management of Sensitive Sites (MOSS) - a New Approach

The NIEA have developed a new strategic approach to the management of designated sites and aims to work closely with other public bodies, landowners and managers to implement the best remedy. This will primarily take the form of habitat management.

Further information is available from: http://www.ni-environment.gov.uk/other-index/news.htm?act=d&id=25516&ho=1238501914546 Source:http://www.ni-environment.gov.uk/ (accessed 31/03/2009)

 

ISSUE : April 2009

Consultation Paper on Draft Revised NIEA Enforcement Policy

The NIEA has issued a consultation paper on its draft revised enforcement policy which will apply to enforcement activity across the Agency.The purpose of the Policy is to demonstrate the Agency's more balanced approach to regulation and enforcement (Better Regulation Programme). A further consultation is planned for autumn 2009 to take into account the responses from this initial consultation and the outworking of the new Environmental Crime Unit. The consultations will run until 22 June 2009.  The consultation document and draft revised enforcement policy can be accessed from: http://www.ni-environment.gov.uk/consultation_paper_draft_revised_enforcement_policy_mar_2009.pdf

Further information is available from: http://www.ni-environment.gov.uk/other-index/news.htm?act=d&id=28561&ho=1238500115578 Source: http://www.ni-environment.gov.uk/  (accessed 31/03/2009)

 

ISSUE : April 2009

Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments and Revocations) Regulations 2009

These regulations are intended to correct issues that have arisen since new regulations on the manufacture and storage of explosives came into force in April 2005. They also take the opportunity to reduce the administrative burden resulting from explosives legislation by extending the maximum periods of validity of explosives certificates and storage licenses. They will also revoke redundant and outdated local mining regulations and correct an omission in the Control of Noise at Work regulations.These regulations are coming into force 6th April 2009. The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/uksi_20090693_en_1

Further information is available from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/mining/legislat.htm

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/ (accessed 31/03/09)

 

ISSUE : April 2009

CHIP 4 - The Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2009

These Regulations concern the identification of harmful properties of chemicals (hazards) and the communication of this information to users by means of labels. The Regulations cover hazards to health, safety and the environment, and use of chemicals both in the home and at work.

These Regulations, to be known as CHIP 4:

  • a. Consolidate all amendments to the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for
Supply) Regulations since 2002;
  • b. Dovetail the requirements of CHIP with EC Regulation No 1272/2008 on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (the CLP Regulation) which adopts in Europe the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS);
  • c. Provide for enforcement of the CLP Regulation in Great Britain;
  • d. Repeal the requirements of CHIP at the end of the transitional measures provided for in the CLP Regulation (1 June 2015), except for (c) above.

The regulations are coming into force 6th April 2009 and do not introduce any new duties. The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: https://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/uksi_20090716_en_1

Further information is available from: https://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/em/uksiem_20090716_en.pdf

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/ (accessed 31/03/09)

 

ISSUE : April 2009

The Factories Act 1961 and Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963 (Repeals and Modifications) Regulations 2009

These Regulations amend the Factories Act 1961 and the Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963. The principal purpose of these Regulations is to remove the requirement for notification of occupation of a factory and employment of persons working in offices, shops and railway premises under the respective Acts. It also removes the requirement to keep a general register under the 1961 Act.

HSE proposed to abolish these requirements because:

  • the premises notification requirement is redundant - HSE obtains information on factory premises using a range of more reliable and efficient information sources and strategies, as do many local authorities on offices and shops; and
  • the general register is obsolete - modern legislation has overtaken the original purpose of this requirement.

The regulation is coming into force 6th April 2009 and do not introduce any new duties. The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/uksi_20090605_en_1 #

Further information is available from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/legislation/sectiona.htm

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/ (accessed 31/03/09)

 

ISSUE : April 2009

The Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2009

These Regulations revoke and replace the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2008 as amended by REACH Enforcement Regulations 2008. They consolidate amendments made to those Regulations and update fees to be charged. These Regulations fix or determine the fees payable by an applicant to, in most cases, the Health and Safety Executive.

The new fees compared with those fixed by or determined under the previous fee-charging provisions can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/uksi_20090515_en_10

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/uksi_20090515_en_1

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk  (accessed 31/03/09)

 

ISSUE : April 2009

The Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009

These Regulations revoke and re-enact the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008. They consolidate amendments made to those Regulations and also update fees to be charged. They also extend charging for general health and safety in high hazard industries. They fix or determine the fees payable by an applicant to, in most cases, the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland in respect of an application made.The new fees compared with those fixed by or determined under the previous fee-charging provisions are as follows: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/sr/sr2009/nisr_20090132_en_4

The full text of the reform can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/sr/sr2009/nisr_20090132_en_1

Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 31/03/09)

 

ISSUE : April 2009

Gas Importation and Storage Zone (Designation of Area) Order 2009

This Order will come into force on 6 April 2009 and applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.It designates the Gas Importation and Storage Zone as an area beyond the UK's territorial sea, in which exclusive rights of exploration and exploitation for gas importation and storage purposes are vested in the Crown under the Energy Act 2008. These rights arise under Part V of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Gas Importation and Storage Zone ("GISZ") will be co-extensive with the area within which the United Kingdom already exercises jurisdiction with respect to marine environmental matters.

The full text of the Order can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/uksi_20090223_en_1

A map of the Gas Importation and Storage Zone can be found at: http://www.ukho.gov.uk/cons/pdf/Gas_Importation_Jan2009.pdf Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 06/03/2009)

 

ISSUE : March 2009

Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2009

These Regulations will come into force, unless otherwise stated, on 9 March 2009 and apply to England, Scotland and Wales. They have a limited application in Northern Ireland insofar as they relate to imports into the UK from outside the Community.They set offences and penalties for infringements of Regulation (EC) 842/2006, on certain fluorinated greenhouse gases, which aims to contain, prevent and reduce emissions of such gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol. The Regulations revoke and remake with amendments the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2008 The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/uksi_20090261_en_1

Further information is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/fgas-ozone/

Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/  (accessed 06/03/2009)

 

ISSUE : March 2009

Ozone-Depleting Substances (Qualifications) Regulations 2009

These Regulations will come into force on 9 March 2009 and apply to England, Scotland and Wales. They give effect to the provisions of Regulation (EC) 2037/2000, on substances that deplete the ozone layer, set out minimum qualifications for those working on the recovery, recycling, reclamation or destruction of controlled substances and the prevention and minimising of leakages of controlled substances, and prescribe offences and penalties. These Regulations revoke and replace, with amendments, the Ozone Depleting Substances (Qualifications) Regulations 2006, as amended by the Ozone Depleting Substances (Qualifications) (Amendment) Regulations 2008. The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/uksi_20090216_en_1

Further information is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/fgas-ozone/

Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/  (accessed 06/03/2009)

 

ISSUE : March 2009

Home Energy Assistance Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2009

These Regulations will come into force on 6 April 2009 and apply to Scotland only. They make provision for the making of grants to improve the thermal insulation and energy efficiency of dwellings and provide advice to reduce or prevent the wastage of energy in a dwelling. As a result, they revoke the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2006. The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2009/ssi_20090048_en_1

Further information is available from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2009/en/ssien_20090048_en.pdf Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 06/03/2009)

 

ISSUE : March 2009

Animal By-Products (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009

These Regulations came into force on 13 February 2009 and apply to Scotland only. They amend the Animal By-Products (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (minor amendments). The ABP Regulations make provision for the administration and enforcement of Regulation (EC) No. 1774/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down health rules concerning animal by-products not intended for human consumption. The ABP Regulations implement so far as necessary the Community obligations regulating what may be done in relation to such products. The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2009/ssi_20090007_en_1

Further information is available from: http://environment-agency.wales.gov.uk/netregs/63501.aspx Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 06/03/2009)

 

ISSUE : March 2009

The Sites of Special Scientific Interest (Appeals) Regulations 2009

These regulations clarify the process for appealing against the refusal, modification or withdrawal of consent, by Natural England, to carry out an operation likely to damage a site of special scientific interest (SSSI), or the conditions of any such consent; the issue of a management notice, by Natural England, to the owner or occupier of an SSSI; or the giving of a stop notice in relation to any such operation.This instrument extends to England and Wales but applies to England only.

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/uksi_20090197_en_1

Further information is available from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/em/uksiem_20090197_en.pdf Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 06/03/2009)

 

ISSUE : March 2009

Building Regulations (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2009

This Act amends the Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) Order 1979.

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/northernireland/acts/acts2009/pdf/nia_20090004_en.pdf Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 06/03/2009)

 

ISSUE : March 2009

Consultation on the second phase of Environmental Permitting Programme (EPP2)

This joint Defra, DECC, Environment Agency and WAG consultation invites comments on the second phase of the Environmental Permitting Programme (EPP2).EPP2 is a Better Regulation initiative designed to reduce costs for operators and the regulator by cutting unnecessary red tape, while continuing to protect the environment and human health. This consultation proposes to extend the single EP system formed under EPP1 to create a common system of risk-based environmental permitting and compliance for an extended range of regimes.

These include:

  • Water Discharge consents: Permits to control certain discharges to surface water;
  • Groundwater Authorisations: Permits to control the disposal of specific substances into groundwater, and;
  • Radioactive Substances Regulation: Permits for keeping and use of radioactive materials; and for accumulation and disposal of radioactive waste.

The consultation closes on 11 May 2009. The consultation document can be accessed from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/env-permitting/consultation-document.pdf

Further information is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/EPP/ Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/  (accessed 06/03/2009)

 

ISSUE : March 2009

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (Application to Environmentally Hazardous Substances) (Amendment) Regulations 2009

This statutory instrument amends regulation 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (Application to Environmentally Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2002 to add a reference to Directive 2008/68/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 September 2008 on the inland transport of dangerous goods so that Regulations can be made under section 15 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 to implement the Directive to the extent that it relates to substances which are dangerous to the environment but not to people.This instrument applies to Great Britain.

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2009/uksi_20090318_en_1

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk  (accessed 06/03/2009)

 

ISSUE : March 2009

The Joint Waste Authorities (Proposals) Regulations 2009

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)

 

ISSUE : February 2009

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

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)

 

ISSUE : February 2009

The Home Information Pack (Amendment) Regulations 2009

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)

 

ISSUE : February 2009

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

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)

 

ISSUE : February 2009

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

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)

 

ISSUE : February 2009

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

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)

 

ISSUE : February 2009

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

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)

 

ISSUE : February 2009

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

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)

 

ISSUE : February 2009

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

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

 

ISSUE : February 2009

Water Framework Directive - Draft River Basin Management Plans

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)

 

ISSUE : February 2009

Reminder - The Health and Safety Offences Act 2008

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)

 

ISSUE : February 2009

ISO 27001 Information Security Management

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

 

ISSUE : February 2009

The Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (England and Wales) Order 2008

The Zero Carbon Hub Limited is to be added to the list of organisations, schemes, programmes and international agreements that the Secretary of State may, with the consent of the Treasury, give financial assistance to under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (England and Wales) Order 2008 adds the Hub to section 153(1) of the Act and comes into force on 23 January 2009. The Zero Carbon Hub Limited as set up in response to the recommendation in the Callcutt Review of House Building Supply that a delivery body be set up to lead and co-ordinate the efforts of interested parties towards the target of zero carbon homes. The Hub will have a role in identifying key policy and research issues, disseminating research findings, promoting exemplar developments, and marketing and promoting zero carbon buildings.                                                                  

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/uksi_20083243_en_1

Further information on the Zero Carbon Hub can be accessed from: http://www.zerocarbonhub.org/

Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 08/01/09)

 

ISSUE : January 2009

The Nitrate Pollution Prevention (Wales) Regulations 2008

The Nitrate Pollution Prevention (Wales) Regulations 2008 came into force on 1 January 2009 and revoke and replace the previous provisions which controlled the application of nitrogen fertiliser in nitrate sensitive areas in Wales. These Regulations extend the areas designated as nitrate vulnerable zones and change the period during which organic manure in a nitrate vulnerable zone must not be spread, and increase the amount of organic manure storage capacity required. Under the new Regulations the permitted annual level of nitrate application of livestock manure to grassland in a nitrate vulnerable zone is reduced from 250 kg/ha to 170 kg/ha (previously the lower limit applied to land other than grassland).                                                                  

 The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/wales/wsi2008/wsi_20083143_en_1

Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 08/01/09)

 

ISSUE : January 2009

The Transfrontier Shipment of Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Regulations 2008

These Regulations revoke and replace the Transfrontier Shipment of Radioactive Waste Regulations 1993 and came into force on 25 December 2008. The new Regulations extend the scope of the 1993 Regulations to include spent nuclear fuel for re-processing as well as shipments of radioactive waste. In addition, they establish a procedure of deemed consent after a period of two or three months. The new Regulations create offences relating to the transfrontier shipment of radioactive waste or spent fuel without an authorisation granted by the Environment Agency (in England and Wales), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (in Scotland) or the Chief Inspector appointed under the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 (in Northern Ireland). A person guilty of an offence under these Regulations is liable to a fine or to imprisonment for up to two years or both.                                        

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/uksi_20083087_en_1

Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 08/01/09)

 

ISSUE : January 2009

The Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008

These Regulations, which come into force on 19 January 2009, amend the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2000. They amend Part 1 of Schedule 1 to the PPC Regulations by adding motor vehicle refuelling activities to the list of activities that require a permit under the PPC Regulations in Scotland. This assists the UK in meeting an obligation arising from the Protocol to the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution on the Control of Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds or Their Transboundary Fluxes.                                        

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2008/ssi_20080410_en_1

Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 08/01/09)

 

ISSUE : January 2009

The Action Programme for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008

These Regulations, which came into force on 1 January 2009, correct minor errors in regulation 9 of the Action Programme for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Scotland) Regulations 2008 so that that regulation applies to the storage of livestock manure other than slurry (rather than "solid" manure). They also correct minor errors in the text and figures in some of the tables in Schedule 3.                                                                

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2008/ssi_20080394_en_1

Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 08/01/09)

 

ISSUE : January 2009

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2008; the Town and Country Planning (Appeals) (Scotland) Regulations 2008; and the Town and Country Planning (Schemes of Delegation and Local Review Procedure) (Scotla

cdm.jpg The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 put in place the regulatory framework required to allow the development management provisions in Part 3 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 as amended by the Planning etc (Scotland) 2006 Act to be commenced. Within the framework of the 1997 Act, as amended, the purpose of the instrument is to set out the procedure for processing planning applications in Scotland. The instrument replaces provisions in the Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) (Scotland) Order 1992.The key aims of modernising the planning system are to make it: fit for purpose; more efficient; more inclusive; and play its part in delivering sustainable development. Whilst set within the framework of the 2006 Act, the emphasis of the regulations is on supporting the Government's purpose of increasing sustainable economic growth and efficiency/simplicity where possible. Changes to development management are concerned specifically with: making the processes around applying for planning permission fit for purpose and responsive to different types of development proposal; improving efficiency in developing and determining applications and improving public involvement in the consideration of proposals requiring such permission.The Town and Country Planning (Appeals) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 put in place the regulatory framework required to allow the provisions in the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (the 2006 Act) to be commenced as they relate to planning appeals. The Act introduced significant changes to the planning appeals system in Scotland. These include:
  1. The introduction of a right to seek a review by the planning authority of a decision taken under the terms of new schemes of delegation instead of a right to appeal to Scottish Ministers;
  2. Removal of the automatic right to appear before and to be heard by a person appointed by Scottish Ministers;
  3. Limitations on the introduction of new material at the review and appeal stages unless it is new matter or a material consideration;
  4. Confirmation that a proposal may not be varied once an appeal has been made; and
  5. Power for regulations to make provision for the form and procedures for any review or appeal.
Changes covering the introduction of procedures for handling local reviews of decisions taken under the new schemes of delegation are set out in the Town and Country Planning (Schemes of Delegation and Local Review Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2008. The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2008: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2008/ssi_20080432_en_1 The Town and Country Planning (Appeals) (Scotland) Regulations: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2008/ssi_20080434_en_1 The Town and Country Planning (Schemes of Delegation and Local Review Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2008: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2008/ssi_20080433_en_1 Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 08/01/09)

 

ISSUE : January 2009

Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008

These Regulations came into force on 31 December 2008 and apply to Scotland only.They give building owners time to react and prevent an enforcement authority from serving a penalty charge notice when the owner is actively seeking an energy performance certificate.

These Regulations inserts provision into the 2008 Regulations to prevent a penalty charge notice being given where:

  1. The owner has requested an energy performance certificate no later than 7 days after a person becomes a prospective buyer or prospective tenant; and
  2. The owner has made the energy performance certificate available to a prospective buyer or prospective tenant within 9 days of obtaining the certificate.

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2008/ssi_20080389_en_1

Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 08/01/09)

 

ISSUE : January 2009

Consultation on Implementation of the Paint Products Regulations 2005 Addressing Monitoring and Enforcement Issues

discuss.jpg DEFRA are inviting views on proposals to ensure compliance with the monitoring and enforcement requirements of the Volatile Organic Compounds in Paints, Varnishes and Vehicle Refinishing Products Regulations 2005 without establishing a formal licensing scheme. The 2005 Regulations implement The Paints Directive in the UK which aims to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) across the UK and Europe. This consultation addresses three issues:
  • monitoring and enforcement, and related guidance
  • paints for vintage vehicles and historic buildings, following up the September 2007 consultation on proposals for a licensing scheme
  • the 2007 and 2010 deadlines for further solvent reductions for decorative paints.
The consultation closes on 31 March 2009. Further information is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/paint-products/index.htm Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/ (accessed 08/01/09)

 

ISSUE : January 2009

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Consultation

The Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) has issued a consultation on new regulations and further development of the supporting infrastructure to take effect from the fourth compliance period (1 January - 31 December 2010 onwards). The consultation invites views on the Government's proposals to amend the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations with the aim to streamline the system and build on the successful implementation of the existing regulations, whilst reducing administrative burdens placed on business.  The consultation closes on 6 April 2009.

Further information is available from: http://www.berr.gov.uk/whatwedo/sectors/sustainability/weee/consultations/page49461.html

Source: http://www.berr.gov.uk/ (accessed 08/01/09)

 

ISSUE : January 2009

Consultation on the Implementation of the Batteries and Accumulators Directive (2006/66/EC) - Waste Battery Collection and Recycling Provisions

BERR, Defra and the Devolved Administrations for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are seeking views on draft regulations for UK implementation of provisions relating to waste batteries in Directive 2006/66/EC on Batteries and Accumulators and Waste Batteries and Accumulators. The Government and the Devolved Administrations are seeking the views of producers, distributors, collectors and recyclers of batteries and accumulators and items containing batteries and accumulators, and any other interested parties, on the proposed approach for implementing provisions in the Directive relating to the collection, treatment, recycling and disposal of waste portable, automotive and industrial batteries and accumulators. The consultation aims to help finalise the legislation that is needed to transpose these provisions into UK law.

The consultation closes on 13 February 2009.

Further information is available from: http://www.berr.gov.uk/whatwedo/sectors/sustainability/batteries/page49501.html

Source: http://www.berr.gov.uk/ (accessed 08/01/09)

 

ISSUE : January 2009

The Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008

The Health and Safety Offences Act 2008 amends Section 33 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. New legislation, which will increase penalties and provide courts with greater sentencing powers for those who flout health and safety legislation, received Royal Assent on 16 October 2008.The Act raises the maximum penalties that can be imposed for breaching health and safety regulations in the lower courts from £5,000 to £20,000 and the range of offences for which an individual can be imprisoned has also been broadened. The Act, which covers Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is coming into force in January 2009. The full text of the Act can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2008/ukpga_20080020_en_1

Further information can be accessed from: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/mediacentre/pressreleases/2008/oct/hse106-161008.asp and http://www.hse.gov.uk/news/2008/hsa.htm

Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 08/01/09)

 

ISSUE : January 2009

CHIP 4 chemical regulations consultation

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) seeks views on new Regulations proposed by the Board of the HSE to revoke and replace the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2002 (CHIP 3), as amended. The new Regulations will be known as the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2009 (CHIP 4).The Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2002 (CHIP 3) need to be amended as a consequence of the adoption and entry into force of the European Regulation on the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures, known as the CLP Regulation. The CLP Regulation adopts in the European Union, the internationally agreed Global Harmonised System on the classification and labelling of chemicals, known as the ‘GHS'. The GHS establishes a framework for describing and communicating the hazardous properties of chemicals for both transport and supply. The CLP Regulation is expected to enter into force in all EU Member States late 2008/early 2009. With suitable transitional arrangements, the CLP Regulation repeals the Dangerous Substances Directive (67/548/EEC) and the Dangerous Preparations Directive (1999/45/EC). Although the CLP Regulation will be directly acting on Member States, without the need for transposition, HSE needs to make the necessary amendments to the CHIP Regulations to accommodate the changes at European level. The proposed amendments are designed to allow the relevant domestic legislation to be aligned with the transitional period of the CLP Regulation, in preparation for the its repeal in 2015, and to ensure that the provisions of the CLP Regulation can be enforced in Great Britain, both throughout the transitional period and beyond. The consultation closes on 13 February 2009. The consultation document can be accessed from: http://consultations.hse.gov.uk/inovem/gf2.ti/f/7170/215525.1/pdf/-/cd220.pdf

Further information can be accessed from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/consult/condocs/cd220.htm?ebul=hsegen/22-dec-2008&cr=4 Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/  (accessed 08/01/09)

 

ISSUE : January 2009

New Regulations to prevent pollution from batteries

The Batteries and Accumulators (Placing on the Market) Regulations 2008 will come into force on 26 September 2008 with an aim to reduce the environmental impact that batteries have on the environment. The new Regulations partially implement the Batteries Directive (Directive 2006/66/EC) and will set strict levels of mercury and cadmium that batteries will be allowed to contain in order to reduce the levels of metal pollution associated with waste batteries. They will also prohibit batteries being put onto the market without the crossed out wheeled bin symbol in order to encourage people to not dispose of them with their general waste. All batteries going on sale in the UK (with certain exceptions) will be affected by these Regulations regardless of where they originated from.

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/uksi_20082164_en_1

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk (accessed 04/09/08)

 

ISSUE : September 2008

Consultation on the guidance for airport operators to produce action plans under the terms of the Environmental Noise Regulations 2006

Defra are inviting views on the next stage in the process to meet the legal requirements of the Environmental Noise Directive (END) 2002/49/EC which was transposed into English law by the Environmental Noise (England) Regulations 2006 (as amended). The Regulations aim to avoid, prevent or reduce on a prioritised basis the harmful effects, including annoyance, incurred due to exposure to environmental noise.The consultation, issued on 4 September 08, is on guidance issued to operators of civil airports in England and covers their requirements, as the competent authority under the Regulations, to develop Action Plans designed to manage noise issues and effects arising from aircraft departing from and arriving at their airport, including noise reduction if necessary. It also covers the reporting of the Action Plan. Defra are specifically requesting feedback to facilitate delivery of these documents. Specific questions that it is wished there be a focus on are: 1. Do you agree with the approach being adopted in this document? Especially, bearing in mind the requirement of the END that we should address priorities based on the results of the noise mapping. 2. Do you agree with the issues outlined in the guidance that Airport Operators should take into account when preparing their action plans? 3. Do you agree with the process set out in the guidance for the development and adoption of the action plans? 4. Is there any additional guidance that should be included in this document that would assist with the process? The consultation will close on 28 November 2008.

Further information about the consultation is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/aviation-actionplans/index.htm Source: www.defra.gov.uk (accessed 02/09/08) JPD can provide Training on the use of Noise Detection Equipment.

To make an enquiry please call 01565 724200 or email train@jpd.co.uk

 

ISSUE : September 2008

Consultation on UK report regarding plans and programmes to meet EU air quality limit values

Defra are seeking comments and information from interested parties on the UK Government and Devolved Administrations' draft report to the European Commission on plans and programmes to meet EU ambient air quality limit values. Under the Air Quality Framework Directive (1996/62/EC), when air quality limit values (plus a margin of tolerance) are exceeded a member state must produce plans and programmes to be submitted to the European Commission within two years of the occurrence which will ensure that compliance is achieved within the required period of time. In the calendar year 2006, EU limit values for nitrogen dioxide were exceeded in certain areas of the UK and the comments received during the consultation will be considered in finalising the report for submission to the European Commission by the end of 2008. The consultation will close on 28 October 2008.

Further information about the consultation is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/air-limitvalues2006/index.htm Source: www.defra.gov.uk (accessed 02/09/08)

 

ISSUE : September 2008

The Community Emissions Trading Scheme (Allocation of Allowances) Scheme

The Community Emissions Trading Scheme (Allocation of Allowances) Scheme ("The Scheme"), setting out the conduct and terms of allocation of allowances in the UK's auctions in Phase II of the EU ETS, was published by HM Treasury on 29 July 2008. The Scheme sits below the Regulations governing auctions and sets out the conduct and terms of allocation, along with the detailed design of the auctions, and the requirements in order to participate. Government aims to hold the first auction before the end of the year with confirmation of the date at least two months in advance. This version of the Scheme covers competitive bids only, which must be placed through an intermediary. Government is aiming to have the non-competitive element of the auction in place for early 2009. The Scheme sets out how to apply to become an intermediary (Primary Participant) and the terms governing that appointment.

A full copy of the Scheme is available at: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/media/4/E/euetsscheme290708.pdf

Source: www.defra.gov.uk (accessed 05/09/08)

 

ISSUE : September 2008

Revised lists of criteria and products eligible for ECA

Defra issued revised lists of criteria and products eligible for Enhanced Capital Allowances on 16 July 2008, and these took effect on 11 August. Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECAs) enable a business to claim 100% first-year capital allowances on their spending on qualifying plant and machinery. There are three schemes for ECAs: Energy-saving plant and machinery Low carbon dioxide emission cars and natural gas and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure Water conservation plant and machinery The Capital Allowances (Energy-saving Plant and Machinery) (Amendment) Order 2008 is available from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/pdf/uksi_20081916_en.pdf

Energy Technology Criteria List is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climatechange/uk/business/pdf/ETCL2008.pdf Energy Technology Product List is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climatechange/uk/business/pdf/ETPL2008.pdf

Source: www.defra.gov.uk  (accessed 05/09/08)

 

ISSUE : September 2008

Capital Allowances (Environmentally Beneficial Plant and Machinery) (Amendment) Order 2008

This Order amends the Capital Allowances (Environmentally Beneficial Plant and Machinery) Order 2003, substituting new definitions of "the Water Technology Criteria List" and "the Water Technology Product List". The Order also amends some of the descriptions of the environmentally beneficial plant and machinery technology classes to reflect the names of the qualifying technology classes in the Water Technology Criteria List and the Water Technology Product List. Within the technology class of water reuse systems there are two sub-technologies, namely the efficient membrane filtration systems for recovery and reuse and the wastewater recovery and reuse systems. As the design of these systems will be tailored to the needs of the particular business, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will issue certificates of environmental benefit. This Order accordingly substitutes article 5(2) to provide that a first year allowance is also not available in the case of expenditure on wastewater recovery and reuse systems unless an appropriate certificate of environmental benefit is in force. The Water Technology Criteria List is available at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climatechange/uk/business/pdf/WTCL2008.pdf

The Water Technology Criteria List is available at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climatechange/uk/business/pdf/WTPL2008.pdf

Source: www.defra.gov.uk  (accessed 05/09/08)

 

ISSUE : September 2008

The Stamp Duty Land Tax (Zero-Carbon Homes Relief) (Amendment) Regulations 2008

These Regulations amend the Stamp Duty Land Tax (Zero-Carbon Home Relief) Regulations 2007, which provide relief from stamp duty land tax on the first acquisition of a dwelling which is a zero-carbon home in accordance with the Finance Act 2003. The amendments made by regulation have effect in relation to acquisitions made on or after 1st October 2007 but before 1st October 2012. It provides that an accredited assessor may charge a reasonable fee for assessing a dwelling and producing a certificate for the purposes of the principal Regulations.

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/pdf/uksi_20081932_en.pdf Source: www.opsi.gov.uk  (accessed 05/09/08)

 

ISSUE : September 2008

The London Waste and Recycling Board Order 2008

This Order makes provision as to the constitution and procedures of the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWaRB) established under the Greater London Authority Act 1999. The aspiration for the LWaRB is that it will engender improvements in the environmental sustainability of waste management across London. The Board will be an eight member board to be chaired by the Mayor or his appointed deputy. The remaining seven members would be as follows: Four London borough councillors - appointed by London Councils Two independent members - appointed by London Councils One independent member - appointed by the Mayor Further information is available from: http://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/Transport/lwarb/default.htm

The full text of the Order can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/pdf/uksi_20082038_en.pdf

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk  (accessed 05/09/08)

 

ISSUE : September 2008

The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Minerals Permissions and Amendment) (England) Regulations 2008

The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999 implemented, in England and Wales, Council Directive 85/337/EEC ("the EIA Directive") on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment as amended by Council Directive 97/11/EC. The EIA Directive was also amended by Council Directive 2003/35/EC. The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 ("the 2000 Regulations") implemented the Directives in respect of ROMP applications (applications made to mineral planning authorities to determine the conditions to which a mineral planning permission is subject under Schedule 2 to the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 and Schedules 13 and 14 to the Environment Act 1995 made after the commencement of the 2000 Regulations (15 November 2000). The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Minerals Permissions and Amendment) (England) Regulations 2008 ("the 2008 Regulations") applied the 1999 Regulations, with modifications, to ROMP applications made before 15 November 2000 which were undetermined on 22 July 2008 and contained provisions applying to all ROMP applications. These Regulations amend the 1999 Regulations to implement the Directives in respect of applications for approval of reserved matters and applications for approval of conditions attached to the grant of planning permissions ("subsequent applications") and applications for approval of conditions attached to the grant of minerals permissions ("ROMP subsequent applications").

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/pdf/uksi_20082093_en.pdf Source: www.opsi.gov.uk  (accessed 05/09/08)

 

ISSUE : September 2008

Consultation on revised waste exemptions from environmental permitting

Defra, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Environment Agency are undertaking a review of the waste exemptions from environmental permitting. The aim of the review is to provide a more risk based and proportionate approach to the regulation of waste recovery and disposal operations, complementing the new environmental permitting regime. The consultation includes a number of proposed measures aimed at increasing the use of exemptions for as wide a range as possible of low risk activities (including most of those operating under an Environment Agency low risk position) whilst removing or restricting the availability of the exemptions for higher risk waste operations by seeking to regulate higher risk operations through one or more standard permits. The consultation also seeks views on a partial impact assessment and a draft set of regulations. The closing date for responses to this consultation is Thursday 23 October 2008.

The consultation document can be accessed from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/waste-exemption-review/consultation.pdf

Further information about the consultation is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/waste-exemption-review/index.htm Source: www.defra.gov.uk  (accessed 05/09/08)

 

ISSUE : September 2008

The Water Act 2003 (Commencement No. 8) Order 2008

This Order brings into force further provisions of section 58 of the Water Act 2003 ("the Act") and related consequential amendments and repeals.Section 58 of the Act makes amendments to provisions of the Water Industry Act 1991 ("the 1991 Act") relating to fluoridation of water supplies. Section 58 of the Act is in force, in relation to England, for limited purposes only: first, for the purpose of enabling the Secretary of State to make regulations on the consultation process which relevant authorities will have to follow before requesting water undertakers to enter into fluoridation arrangements or varying or terminating them. Secondly, section 58 of the Act is in force for the purpose of enabling the Secretary of State to make regulations in relation to indemnifying water undertakers and licensed water suppliers for liabilities they may incur in complying with arrangements for fluoridation.

The full text of the regulation can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/uksi_20081922_en_1

Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 28/07/2008)

 

ISSUE : August 2008

Changes to export requirements for packaging and packaging waste

On 19 July changes to the requirements in relation to the export of packaging and packaging waste in the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (amended) Regulations 2008 came into force. The 2007 Regulations impose on exporters an obligation to be accredited by the appropriate Agency (either the Environment Agency or the Scottish Environment Protection Agency) before they can issue a packaging waste export recovery note (PERN). The PERN provides evidence of the export of packaging waste for reprocessing outside the United Kingdom. This instrument revises the requirements for accrediting an exporter imposed by the 2007 Regulations, to give the Environment Agency more discretion on what constitutes sound evidence that exported packaging waste will be reprocessed under conditions that are broadly equivalent to European Community requirements.

The full text of the regulation can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/uksi_20081941_en_1

Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 28/07/2008)

 

ISSUE : August 2008

European Regulation on new car CO2 emissions

On 10th July 2008 the Government published a series of papers on the Department for Transport web site, explaining the European Commission's proposed EU Regulation on new car CO2 emissions that is currently being debated in Europe, and setting out UK Government views on the regulation. This publication launches a period of consultation on the regulation and on the UK Government's views on how the regulation should be amended.The proposed Regulation would require manufacturers of cars sold in the EU to meet targets for carbon dioxide emissions for their vehicles on the basis of sales-weighted averages. You are invited to comment by 3 October 2008.

The consultation document can be accessed from: http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/open/co2emissions/co2consultation.pdf

Further information is available from: http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/open/co2emissions/ Source: http://www.dft.gov.uk/  (accessed 28/07/2008)

 

ISSUE : August 2008

Consultation on draft local air quality management guidance

This consultation concerns Policy Guidance and Technical Guidance on local air quality management. The Policy Guidance, and the four Practice Guidance documents under it, apply to England only. The Technical Guidance applies UK-wide.  The Policy Guidance and Technical Guidance documents are revised versions of guidance issued in 2003 and subsequent guidance issued under these guidance documents. The four Practice Guidance documents covering England are new, and point the way to practical measures that local authorities already have the power to implement, and includes guidance on economic appraisal of such measures.You are invited to comment by 26 September 2008.

The consultation document can be accessed from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/airqualitymanage-guidance/consultation.pdf

Further information is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/airqualitymanage-guidance/index.htm Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/  (accessed 28/07/2008)

 

ISSUE : August 2008

Consultation on proposed Regulations - further implementation measures - fluorinated greenhouse gases and ozone depleting substances

A consultation was launched jointly by Defra, BERR, the National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Executive on the 11 July seeking views on proposals that carry forward the implementation of ten Commission Regulations establishing fleshed out legal requirements for companies and qualifications for personnel working in five industry sectors covered by EC Regulation 842/2006 on certain fluorinated greenhouse gases, as well as dealing with other requirements relating to leakage checking, reporting and labelling.The proposed Regulations will be of particular interest to trade associations and their members dealing with manufacturing, installation, servicing and recovery of F gases from commercial and domestic refrigeration and air-conditioning, heat pump and fire protection equipment, those dealing with recovery of F gases from such equipment, as well as equipment containing fluorinated gas-based solvents and high voltage switchgear. In addition, the Regulations will be of interest to F gas producers, importers and exporters, those responsible for offshore oil and gas platforms, the DIY sector, consumer organisations, charities, enforcement authorities, Government Departments and non-Governmental organisations. Comments on this consultation should be received by 3 October 2008 The consultation document can be accessed from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/fgas-ozone/consultation.pdf

Further information is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/fgas-ozone/index.htm

Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/  (accessed 28/07/2008)

 

ISSUE : August 2008

SEPA Consultation on Odour

SEPA has launched a consultation on its proposed new guidance for regulating odorous emissions from regulated sites. The guidance SEPA staff currently use comes from several technical guidance documents, including the draft H4 guidance on odour.  SEPA has now updated and developed a single odour guidance document for use in Scotland, which should benefit both SEPA staff, the public and the operators they regulate. They have taken into account aspects of all Scottish Regulatory regimes within SEPA's remit, especially Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) and Waste Management Licensing Regulations (WMLR). This guidance is intended as an introduction to the regulation of odour. It refers to other available guidance and best practice on the control of odorous emissions.Responses to this consultation should be submitted by Friday 29 August 2008. The consultation document can be accessed from: http://www.sepa.org.uk/pdf/consultation/current/odour/odourconsultation.pdf

Further information is available from: http://www.sepa.org.uk/consultation/current/odour/index.htm

Source: http://www.sepa.org.uk/  (accessed 28/07/2008)

 

ISSUE : August 2008

New European Air Quality Directive comes into force

Directive 2008/50/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2008 on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe entered into force on June 11 2008, setting a focus on reducing emissions of key airborne pollutants. The New Directive merges multiple existing Directives and a Council Decision into a single Directive on air quality.The Directive sets new standards and target dates for reducing concentrations of PM2.5 (fine particles), which are among the most dangerous pollutants for human health. Member States are required to reduce exposure to PM2.5 in urban areas by an average of 20% by 2020 based on 2010 levels. It obliges them to bring exposure levels below 20 μg/m3 by 2015 in these areas. Member States will need to respect the PM2.5 limit value set at 25 μg/m3 throughout their territory. This value must be achieved by 2015 but should be achieved by 2010 where possible.

The full text of the Directive can be accessed from: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:152:0001:0044:EN:PDF

Source: http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/lex/en/index.htm  (accessed 02/07/08)

 

ISSUE : July 2008

DEFRA Consultation on the controls on the handling, transfer and transport of waste

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have issued a second consultation on the review of the waste duty of care, the registration of waste carriers and brokers and the introduction of improved powers on vehicle seizure.The consultation is divided into two parts. The first includes proposals for the introduction of new powers for the Environment Agency and local authorities to be able to instantly seize vehicles that have been involved in, or are suspected of being involved in, a number of waste offences. The second consults on a number of proposed measures aimed at modernising and simplifying the waste duty of care and waste carrier/broker registration regimes. A draft set of revised regulations are reproduced in both consultation documents. The consultation will end on Monday 8 September 2008.

Further information is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/waste-controls/index.htm Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/  (accessed 02/07/08)

 

ISSUE : July 2008

Consultation on draft REACH Regulations

DEFRA, with the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the Devolved Administrations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, have issued a consultation inviting views on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, commonly referred to as REACH. The consultation is focussed on the draft Regulations and administrative arrangements for REACH's proposed enforcement in the UK. It sets out how the Government proposes to meet the enforcement requirement in a proportionate manner i.e. by ensuring that compliance and enforcement burdens on businesses and the regulators are no greater than is strictly necessary.The consultation will end on 25 August 2008.

Further information is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/reach-enforce/index.htm Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/  (accessed 02/07/08)

 

ISSUE : July 2008

International Accreditation Day!

The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) have designated June 9, 2008, the first International Accreditation Day. What is International Accreditation Day? International Accreditation Day provides an opportunity to celebrate accreditation and the benefits it provides to Regulators, businesses and consumers.

For more information visit the International Accreditation Day public area of the ILAC site If you need training to help you achieve or retain your accreditation then check out our main website www.jpd.co.uk for further details on our wide range of courses. Book online and save £20.

 

ISSUE : June 2008

Heat from air, water and ground to be added to list of microgeneration sources

Technologies such as Air Source Heat Pumps, Ground Source Heat Pumps and Water Source Heat Pumps will, on July 23 2008, be added to the list of sources of energy and technologies which would cut emissions of greenhouse gases in Great Britain, following The Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006 (Sources of Energy and Technologies) Order 2008 coming into force.The Order, which will amend the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006, means that the use of technologies relying on heat from air, water or ground sources will be included in the community energy projects that the Secretary of State has a duty to promote and which can be promoted by parish councils and community councils. One of the aims of the 2006 Act was to make it easier for microgenerators to sell excess energy back to their suppliers. The full text of the Order can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/draft/ukdsi_9780110814766_en_1 The full text of the 2006 Act can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2006/ukpga_20060019_en_1

Further information, contained in the in Touch article relating to the 2006 Act, can be accessed from: http://www.jpd.co.uk/intouch/2006/07/12/climate-change-and-sustainable-energy-act/

Source: http://www.opsi.co.uk/ (accessed 04/06/08)

 

ISSUE : June 2008

Air Quality Expert Group Consultation on Ozone in the United Kingdom

The Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG) has published a draft report on "Ozone in the United Kingdom" on which it is currently inviting views and technical comments. The AQEG provides advice on such things as the levels, sources and characteristics of air pollutants in the UK and considers current knowledge on air pollution. The Report aims to address the key policy-related questions put to AQEG by Defra and the Devolved Administrations including what the likely impact of climate change on future ozone levels in Europe over the next two decades will be. The consultation will close on 6 August 2008.

Further information about the consultation is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/ozone2008/index.htm

Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/  (accessed 05/06/08)

 

ISSUE : June 2008

SEPA Consultation on Control of Priority and Dangerous Substances and Specific Pollutants in the Water Environment

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have launched a two month consultation on their guidance on the control of toxic, persistent and bioaccumulative substances set to protect the water environment and are inviting views and comments on the matter.

In particular, comments are sought on the following matters:

  • SEPA's proposals for determining whether a discharge is liable to contain listed substances.
  • The proposed thresholds for significant level or loading of listed substances and the application to both rivers and coastal waters.
  • The method for establishing lower and upper tier numeric discharge quality licence conditions.
  • The potential impact of these proposals upon your business.
  • The level of protection provided for the water environment.

The guidance, taking into account responses to the consultation, is intended to be finalised and take effect from 01 April 2009. The consultation will close on 18 July 2008.

Further information about the consultation is available from: http://www.sepa.org.uk/pdf/consultation/current/dangerous_substances...

Source: http://www.sepa.org.uk/  (accessed 05/06/08)

 

ISSUE : June 2008

Consultation on Guidance for Radioactive Waste Disposal Facilities

The Environment Agency are welcoming comments from all interested parties on two pieces of newly published guidance documents: "Deep Geological Disposal Facilities for Radioactive Wastes: Guidance on Requirements for Authorisation" produced jointly with the Environment and Heritage Service in Northern Ireland, and  "Near-Surface Disposal Facilities for radioactive wastes: Guidance on Requirements for Authorisation" produced jointly with both EHSNI and SEPA.

Each guidance document covers a number of key topics including:

  • Principles for solid radioactive waste disposal
  • Authorisation of disposal
  • Management, radiological and technical requirements
  • Environmental safety case
  • Policy and legislative framework

The draft guidance sets out what is to be expected for any new disposal facilities to deal with radioactive waste and for the operation of existing facilities. The improved guidance will help deliver safe and sustainable management of these wastes for present and future generations. The consultation will close on 18 July 2008.

Further information about the consultation is available from: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/news/2045337 Source: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/  (accessed 05/06/08)

 

ISSUE : June 2008

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

 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: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2008/ssi_20080154_en_1 Source: www.opsi.gov.uk (accessed 01/05/08)

 

ISSUE : May 2008

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

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: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2008/ssi_20080157_en_1 Source: www.opsi.gov.uk  (accessed 01/05/08)

 

ISSUE : May 2008

Consultation on possible new markets for organic waste

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: http://qp.dialoguebydesign.net/bgo/documents.asp Source: http://www.wrap.org.uk/ (accessed 29/04/08)

 

ISSUE : May 2008

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

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: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2007/uksi_20073538_en_1

Further information is available from: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/1745440/1745496/1906135/?lang=_e

Source: www.environment-agency.gov.uk  (accessed 29/04/08)

 

ISSUE : May 2008

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007

On 6 April 2008, the Environmental Permitting Regulations come into force, aiming to make it quicker and easier for businesses to apply for or change a permit. These Regulations replace 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 will automatically become 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: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2007/uksi_20073538_en_1 Further information is available from: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/1745440/1745496/1906135/?lang=_e Source: www.environment-agency.gov.uk  (accessed 03/04/08)

 

ISSUE : April 2008

The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2008

These Regulations amend the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 in relation to various requirements related to energy performance certificates and recommendation reports. The principal regulations implement Articles 7 (energy performance certificate), and 10 (independent experts) of Directive 2002/91/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2002 on the Energy Performance of Buildings. The amendments relate to: - Providing access to the register of energy performance certificates and associated documents for local authorities and to allow disclosures of the information contained in it by and to those authorities. This is to ensure that local authorities can carry out their duty to enforce those parts of the building regulations which provide for energy performance certificates on construction. - Different fees for entering different types of document on the register. - Inserting transitional arrangements which last until a building is taken off the market or until 1st October 2008, whichever occurs first. It provides that, for future phases, no energy performance certificate need be made available for buildings which are on the market at the date of commencement of the requirement for so long as they are continuously marketed. An exemption also applies if buildings are put back on the market following withdrawal or rejection of an offer within 28 days. An energy performance certificate must be requested when contracts are entered into for a sale or rental of such a building and supplied to the new owner when received.

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/uksi_20080647_en_1

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk  (accessed 03/04/08)

 

ISSUE : April 2008

The Water Supply and Sewerage Services (Customer Service Standards) Regulations 2008

The new Regulations revoke the existing Water Supply and Sewerage Services (Customer Service Standards) Regulations 1989. The new Regulations provide a consolidated text, in revised language, of the revoked Regulations, but extend the rights of customers to payments for flooding of customers’ land or property by sewer overflowing. In addition, the standards of performance to be met and the payments to be made by undertakers whose areas are wholly or mainly in England have also now been applied to undertakers whose areas are wholly or mainly in Wales. Formerly there were different standards of performance for, and payments by, undertakers whose areas are wholly or mainly in Wales.

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.assemblywales.org/sub-ld6993-e.pdf

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk  (accessed 03/04/08)

 

ISSUE : April 2008

The Waste and Contaminated Land (1997 Order) (Commencement No. 8) Order (Northern Ireland) 2008

This Order brings into operation on 3rd April 2008, Articles 6(4), 7, 9, 10(6), 11 and 12(9) to 12(11) of the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997. The provisions commenced relate to the making of representations in consultation processes before the grant, variation, suspension or revocation of waste management licences requiring the licence holder to carry out works which would necessitate the grant of rights over land; and the payment of compensation for those required to grant rights over land to holders of those licences.

The full text of the Order can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/sr/sr2008/nisr_20080138_en_1

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk  (accessed 03/04/08)

 

ISSUE : April 2008

Consultation on revising the requirements regarding evidence of broad equivalence for export reprocessing sites

This consultation, presented by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department of the Environment Northern Ireland, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Assembly Government, ask for view on proposed amendments to the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007. It discusses proposals to revise requirements regarding evidence of broad equivalent conditions for export reprocessing sites, and on the partial Impact Assessment which supports the proposals. This consultation explores how to: 1. Facilitate the achievement of the recycling targets for 2008 and subsequent years for waste metal packaging by making sure that as much of the material reprocessed in facilities outside the EU which operate under broadly equivalent? conditions as possible can be counted against the UK target; 2. Keep the cost of compliance for metals packaging producers to a manageable level; 3. Safeguard the environmental standards enshrined in Article 6(2) of the Packaging Directive. Responses should be received no later than 29 April 2008.

 The full text of the consultation can be accessed from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/metalwaste-reprocess/consultation.pdf   Further information about the consultation is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/metalwaste-reprocess/index.htm Source: www.defra.gov.uk  (accessed 03/04/08)

 

ISSUE : April 2008

Consultation on draft Regulations and draft guidance for proposals for establishing Joint Waste Authorities in England

Defra is seeking views on draft Joint Waste Authorities (Proposals) Regulations 2008 and draft Guidance on proposals for Joint Waste Authorities in England. Government introduced powers to establish joint waste authorities in the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007. This provides local authorities with another model for partnership working - one which allows them to put the partnership on a statutory footing. The powers allow two or more local authorities to submit proposals to the Secretary of State to transfer one or more of their waste functions (waste collection, waste disposal and/or street cleansing) to a new joint waste authority. Under the Act, the Secretary of State may make Regulations to make provisions as to matters to be included in a proposal and information that must accompany a proposal. The Secretary of State may also issue guidance as to what a proposal should seek to achieve and matters that should be taken into account in formulating a proposal. Local authorities will be obliged to have regard to any such guidance issued by the Secretary of State in making their proposals. Views are now being sought on draft Regulations and draft guidance. The consultation will close on Monday 9 June 2008.

The full text of the consultation can be accessed from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/jwa/consultation.pdf Further information about the consultation is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/jwa/index.htm

Source: www.defra.gov.uk  (accessed 03/04/08)

 

ISSUE : April 2008

Better Regulation for a Better Environment: EHS Better Regulation Programme

The Environment and Heritage Service (EHS) Northern Ireland has embarked on an ambitious programme of Better Regulation initiatives, to modernise and simplify regulation for businesses and achieve better standards for the environment. Better Regulation is a significant change in approach geared towards delivering effective environmental protection and broad stakeholder buy-in. EHS is fully committed to applying the principles of better and effective regulation to all aspects of its work. Regulation which is easier to understand will be easier to adhere to and implement, making the regulatory experience more effective for everyone involved.   By improving awareness, compliance assistance, through effective and consistent enforcement, and by simplifying permitting and data returns, EHS will be able to provide a more balanced and integrated system. The EHS Position Statement on Better Regulation - "Better Regulation for a Better Environment - EHS Better Regulation Programme" - outlines EHS approach to simple and effective regulation and the key initiatives to be taken forward.  EHS invites comments on this approach from those they regulate and from other stakeholders to help progressively improve the regulatory systems.

The full text of the programme can be accessed from: http://www.ehsni.gov.uk/ehs_better_regulation_programme_-_web_version.pdf

Source: www.ehsni.gov.uk  (accessed 03/04/08)

 

ISSUE : April 2008

Reminder - Construction projects to require Site Waste Management Plans

From the 6th of April 2008, all construction projects in England costing over £300,000 (for new build, maintenance, alteration or installation/removal of services such as sewerage, water) will need a Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) under The Site Waste Management Plans Regulations 2008 which were made on 8 February 2008. The purpose of a SWMP is to ensure that building materials are managed efficiently, waste is disposed of legally, and that material recycling, reuse and recovery is maximised. The Regulations are to be enforced by the Environment Agency and the local authorities. The SWMP must be updated in accordance with the Regulations, with different, more detailed, requirements for projects costing more than £500,000. Breaches of the Regulations can be punishable: (a) on summary conviction, by a fine of up to £50,000, or (b) on conviction on indictment, by a fine.

The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/uksi_20080314_en_1 Further information and guidance is available from: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/444304/502508/1952646/?version=1&lang=_e&lang=_e

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk  (accessed 03/04/08)

 

ISSUE : April 2008

Reminder - The Water Environment (Diffuse Pollution) (Scotland) Regulations 2008

If you are a farmer or land manager in Scotland, you need to comply with new regulations to control diffuse pollution. The regulations introduce new rules to protect the water environment from diffuse pollution and allow alternative ways of disposing of certain types of slurry and silage effluent. The new regulations make changes to the general binding rules (GBRs) that control the impact of diffuse pollution on the water environment from activities on rural land.

The regulations add new GBRs relating to:

  • storing and applying fertiliser
  • keeping livestock
  • cultivating land
  • discharging water run-off through surface water drainage systems
  • constructing and maintaining certain types of road and track
  • applying pesticides
  • operating sheep dipping facilities.

    The GBRs introduce a simple set of rules for controlling diffuse pollution. As long as you comply with these rules, you won need to complete any forms or seek authorisation from SEPA.  You can now use alternative methods to dispose of certain types of slurry and silage effluent, also known as ‘dirty water’. You can now drain and treat dirty water run-off from certain areas through a constructed farm wetland. These wetlands must sufficiently treat the dirty water before you can discharge it without damage into the water environment.

    The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2008/ssi_20080054_en_1

  •  Source: www.opsi.gov.uk  (accessed 03/04/08)

     

    ISSUE : April 2008

    Reminder - Regulations to control noise at work in the music and entertainment sectors

    The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, which have been in force in other industry sectors since April 2006, are set to cover the music and entertainment sectors from 6 April 2008 in order to protect workers from exposure to excessive noise. The two-year transitional period was allowed to the music and entertainment sectors in recognition that music is unusual as it is noise deliberately created for enjoyment meaning practical guidelines were necessary to help workers, employers and freelancers in the music and entertainment sectors protect their hearing and safeguard their careers. This guidance, called Sound Advice, will be available from July 2008. The sectors defined as being music and entertainment in the Regulations cover all workplaces where: a) live music is played or b) recorded music is played in a restaurant, bar, public house, discotheque or nightclub, or alongside live music or a live dramatic or dance performance. Employers in these sectors will be required to manage the risk to their employees and, where possible, freelancers, and to control, reduce and monitor exposure to noise with controls, many of which are simple and cost-effective. The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2005/20051643.htm

    Further information is available from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/noise/musicsound.htm

    Source: www.opsi.gov.uk  and www.hse.gov.uk ((accessed 03/04/08)

     

    ISSUE : April 2008

    The Deposits in the Sea (Exemptions) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2008

    The Deposits in the Sea (Exemptions) Order (Northern Ireland) 1995 exempts specified operations from the licensing requirements of Part II of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985. In order to comply with the Hazardous Waste Directive it is necessary to exempt hazardous waste operations covered by Article 3 of the Hazardous Waste Directive from the Deposits in the Sea (Exemptions) Order (Northern Ireland) 1995.The Statutory Order will amend the Deposits in the Sea (Exemptions) Order (Northern Ireland) 1995 by restricting the prescribed operations to ensure that they do not involve the recovery or disposal of hazardous waste as defined by Hazardous Waste Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005.

    The full text of the Amendment is available from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/sr/sr2008/nisr_20080020_en_1

    Source: www.opsi.gov.uk (accessed 31/01/08)

     

    ISSUE : March 2008

    Shattered Lives Campaign

    The HSE have launched a new campaign to highlight the risk of slips and falls in the workplace. There are over 1000 injuries per month which are caused by a slip or fall, many of which could easily have been prevented. The ‘Shattered Lives’ campaign draws particular attention to the Working at Height Regulations 2005, which states:

    Every employer shall ensure that no person engages in any activity, including organisation, planning and supervision, in relation to work at height or work equipment for use in such work unless he is competent to do so or, if being trained, is being supervised by a competent person.  It is important to note that     

    JPD’s working at heights training course provides an essential factor towards attaining competency. Please view the course details on our main website: http://www.jpd.co.uk/courses/wh.htm

    Source: working at height Regulations 2005

    http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2005/20050735.htm#5

    Source: HSE Shattered Lives Campaign

    http://www.hse.gov.uk/falls/shatteredlives.htm

     

    ISSUE : March 2008

    Amendments to the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations

    The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 were made on the 19th February 2008 and will come into force on 14th March 2008. These regulations amend the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007 which imposed on producers the obligation to recover and recycle packaging waste, and related obligations. The 2008 Regulations increase the packaging waste recovery and recycling targets for 2008, 2009 and 2010 imposed on producers by the 2007 Regulations in order to meet the targets set out in Council Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste (as amended by Council Regulation (EC) No 1882/2003, Council Directive 2004/12/EC and Council Directive 2005/20/EC) which the UK must have met by 31 December 2008. The prescribed recovery targets for 2008, 2009 and 2010 in Schedule 2 Paragraph 5 are each increased by 4%. The recycling targets in Paragraph 6 are also increased for Glass, Aluminium, Steel and Plastic.

    The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/uksi_20080413_en_1  Source: www.opsi.gov.uk  (accessed 03/03/08) Relevant Training offered by JPD: Producer Responsibility http://www.jpd.co.uk/courses/pr.htmhtm  

     

    ISSUE : March 2008

    Construction projects to require Site Waste Management Plans

    From the 6th of April 2008, all construction projects England costing over £300,000 (for new build, maintenance, alteration or installation/removal of services such as sewerage, water) will need a Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) under The Site Waste Management Plans Regulations 2008 which were made on 8 February 2008. The purpose of a SWMP is to ensure that building materials are managed efficiently, waste is disposed of legally, and that material recycling, reuse and recovery is maximised. The Regulations are to be enforced by the Environment Agency and the local authorities. The SWMP must be updated in accordance with the Regulations, with different, more detailed, requirements for projects costing more than £500,000.Breaches of the Regulations can be punishable: (a) on summary conviction, by a fine of up to £50,000, or (b) on conviction on indictment, by a fine. However, the SWMP regulations are intended to be self regulated, with the obligation on the client to ensure that the SWMP meets its regulatory requirements.  The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/uksi_20080314_en_1 

    Further information and guidance is available from:http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/444304/502508/1952646/?version=1&lang=_e&lang=_e 

    Source: www.opsi.gov.uk  (accessed 05/03/08)  Relevant Training from JPD: Waste Management http://www.jpd.co.uk/courses/wm.htm

     

    ISSUE : March 2008

    New Regulations to Control Diffuse Pollution in Scotland

    The Water Environment (Diffuse Pollution) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 come into force in Scotland on April 1st 2008 after being made on the 20th of February. These regulations make amendments to the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 and to the Control of Pollution (Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSAFO) with the overarching aim of ensuring that water bodies are not at risk of failing Water Framework Directive  targets due to diffuse pollution from rural land use. General Binding Rules (GBRs) were introduced under the Controlled Activities Regulations to control the impact of diffuse pollution on the water environment from rural land use activities. Under the 2008 Regulations these have been added to, with new rules relating to: (a) the storage and application of fertiliser; (b) the keeping of livestock; (c) land cultivation; (d) the discharge of water run off via a surface water drainage system; (e) the construction and maintenance of certain types of road and track; (f)   the application of pesticides; and (g) the operating of sheep dipping facilities. The introduction of GBRs to control diffuse pollution will provide for land managers a simple set of rules without any form filling or the need to seek authorisation.

    The SSAFO Regulations are amended to allow provision for alternative forms of disposal for certain types of slurry and silage effluent, specifically allowing ‘dirty water’ run-off from certain areas to be drained and treated through a constructed farm wetland. These constructed farm wetlands would be required to perform a treatment function to ensure that the water discharging from them into a water environment would not result in a deterioration of the status of the receiving watercourse.

    The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2008/ssi_20080054_en_1 Source: www.opsi.gov.uk  (accessed 04/03/08)

     

    ISSUE : March 2008

    New species added to Schedule 5 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

    The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Variation of Schedule 5) (England) Order 2008 has added four new species to the Schedule 5 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and has also extended the current protection afforded to the water vole. The order was made 21st February 2008 and comes into force on 6th April 2008. The Water Vole (Arvicola terrestris) will have it’s previous limited protection status upgraded to general protection, protecting it against killing, injuring or taking; possession or control; damage or destruction of its places of shelter, or disturbance while such animals are occupying places of shelter, and sale, possession or transport for the purpose of sale, and advertising the buying or selling of such animal. Spiny and short-snouted seahorses (Hippocampus guttulatus & Hippocampus hippocampus) will also be afforded general protection through the order, and the Roman Snail (Helix pomatia) and Angel Shark (Squatina squatina) will have limited protection status. 

    The full text of the Order can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/uksi_20080431_en_1 

    Source: www.opsi.gov.uk (accessed 03/03/08)

     

    ISSUE : March 2008

    New standards for hazardous fuel storage sites

    Oil and fuel depots across Britain must improve environmental and safety standards for the bulk storage of hazardous liquids, with the release of a new containment policy. The Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Containment Policy has been developed by the COMAH Competent Authority (CA), comprising HSE, the Environment Agency and SEPA, in partnership with the oil and fuel industry following a three month public consultation. The new policy was developed in response to recent major incidents, including the one at the Buncefield fuel storage depot in December 2005, and reflects the comments made by industry, the general public and other interested parties. The policy applies to sites that are subject to the Control of Major Accident Hazard (COMAH) Regulations 1999 and sets new standards for installations according to risk - taking into account the type of fuel and infrastructure on site, as well as proximity to surrounding communities and the environment. Installations where the risks to people and environment are greatest will be expected to have the highest standards. The updated COMAH policy is to apply immediately to new establishments, and to any significant changes in equipment or operation at already existing establishments. The policy covers the upgrade of existing sites based on risk, as soon as it is practicable to do so. 

    Further information about the policy is available from: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/containmentpolicy  and http://www.sepa.org.uk/news/releases/view.asp?id=647&y=2008 Source: www.environment-agency.gov.uk and www.sepa.org.uk (accessed 04/03/08)  Relevant Training with JPD: COSHH Course http://www.jpd.co.uk/courses/co.htm

     

    ISSUE : March 2008

    Consultation on draft regulations and guidance implementing the Environmental Liability Directive

    On February 29th, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) issued a consultation inviting your views and comments on the draft regulations for England and for Wales (Scotland and Northern Ireland are to consult separately) to implement Directive 2004/35 on environmental liability. The regulations impose obligations on operators of activities which cause or threaten to cause environmental damage. The regulations also define environmental damage, which generally includes only the more serious damage to certain species and habitats, water and land. It introduces two distinct types of liability: · strict liability - in respect of environmental damage, caused by a specified range of 'occupational activities', and · fault-based liability - in respect of environmental damage to protected species and natural habitats from all other occupational activities The consultation document contains a list of 32 questions regarding the draft regulations as well as background and supporting information. The consultation will close on 27 May 2008.

    Further information about the consultation is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/env-liability-regs/

    Source: www.defra.gov.uk  (accessed 04/03/08)

     

    ISSUE : March 2008

    Regulations to control noise at work in the music and entertainment sectors

    The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, which have been in force in other industry sectors since April 2006, are set to cover the music and entertainment sectors from 6 April 2008 in order to protect workers from exposure to excessive noise. The two-year transitional period was allowed to the music and entertainment sectors in recognition that music is unusual as it is noise deliberately created for enjoyment meaning practical guidelines were necessary to help workers, employers and freelancers in the music and entertainment sectors protect their hearing and safeguard their careers. This guidance, called Sound Advice, will be available from July 2008.

    The sectors defined as being music and entertainment in the Regulations cover all workplaces where: a) live music is played or b) recorded music is played in a restaurant, bar, public house, discotheque or nightclub, or alongside live music or a live dramatic or dance performance. Employers in these sectors will be required to manage the risk to their employees and, where possible, freelancers, and to control, reduce and monitor exposure to noise with controls, many of which are simple and cost-effective.

    The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from:

    http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2005/20051643.htm

    Further information is available from:

    http://www.hse.gov.uk/noise/musicsound.htm

    Source: www.opsi.gov.uk and www.hse.gov.uk (accessed 05/03/08)

     

    ISSUE : March 2008

    Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 to be brought into force

    The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 (Commencement No.1) Order 2008 has been made (14th February 2008) and brings into force from 6th April 2008 the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 (with the exceptions of section 2(1) (d) (duty owed to a person in custody etc. to be a relevant duty of care) and section 10 (power to order conviction etc. to be publicised)). Under The Act, companies and organisations can be found liable for a work-related death if actions at a senior level amount to gross breach of a duty of care to the deceased following a systemic failure to manage safety within the business.

    This new offence is to be known as corporate manslaughter in England and Wales and Northern Ireland, and corporate homicide in Scotland. Courts will look at management systems and practices across the organisation in a new test to provide a more effective means for prosecuting the worst corporate failures in health and safety management.  The full text of the 2008 Order can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/uksi_20080401_en_1  

    The full text of the 2007 Act can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2007/ukpga_20070019_en_1  

    Source: www.opsi.gov.uk (accessed 03/03/08) Relevant Training available: http://www.jpd.co.uk/intouch/2008/05/14/new-course-corporate-manslaughter-the-new-act-and-the-practical-implications-for-strategic-safety-management/

     

    ISSUE : March 2008

    Miscellaneous Amendments and Revocations to Health and Safety Regulations

    The Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments and Revocations) Regulations 2008 are set to come into force on the 6th April 2008 and will bring into place multiple changes to existing regulations. The regulations are mainly aimed at revisions to explosives regulations and will correct issues that have arisen since the new regulations on the manufacture and storage of explosives came into force, as well as reducing the administrative burden resulting from explosives legislation by extending the maximum periods of validity of explosives certificates and storage licences.

    The regulations will also revoke redundant and outdated local mining regulations currently applying to mines that are now abandoned or to systems at working mines that are no longer used or which can be covered by more modern consents.

    They also correct an omission in the Control of Noise at Work regulations. Further information is available from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/legislation/forthcoming.htm and http://www.hse.gov.uk/mining/legislat.htm Source: www.hse.gov.uk  (accessed 05/03/08)

     

    ISSUE : March 2008

    The Climate Change Act 2008

    The Climate Change Bill was introduced into Parliament on 14 November 2007 and became law on 26th November 2008.

    Two key aims underpinning the Act:

    • To improve carbon management and help the transition towards a low carbon economy in the UK; and
    • To demonstrate strong UK leadership internationally, signalling that we are committed to taking our share of responsibility for reducing global emissions in the context of developing negotiations on a post-2012 global agreement at Copenhagen next year.
    Key Provisions
    • Legally binding targets: Green house gas emission reductions through action in the UK and abroad of at least 80% by 2050, and reductions in CO2 emissions of at least 26% by 2020, against a 1990 baseline. The 2020 target will be reviewed soon after Royal Assent to reflect the move to all greenhouse gases and the increase in the 2050 target to 80%.
    • A carbon budgeting system which caps emissions over five year periods, with three budgets set at a time, to set out our trajectory to 2050. The first three carbon budgets will run from 2008-12, 2013-17 and 2018-22, and must be set by 1 June 2009. The Government must report to Parliament its policies and proposals to meet the budgets as soon as practical after that.
    • The creation of the Committee on Climate Change, a new independent, expert body to advise Government on the level of carbon budgets and where cost effective savings could be made. The Committee will submit annual reports to Parliament on the UK's progress towards targets and budgets to which the Government must respond, thereby ensuring transparency and accountability on an annual basis.
    • International aviation and shipping emissions - the Government will include international aviation and shipping emissions in the Act or explain why not to Parliament by 31 December 2012. The Committee on Climate Change is required to advise the Government on the consequences of including emissions from international aviation and shipping in the Bill's targets and budgets. Projected emissions from international aviation and shipping must be taken into account in making decisions on carbon budgets.
    • Use of International credits - Government is required to "have regard to the need for UK domestic action on climate change" when considering how to meet the UK's targets and carbon budgets. The independent Committee on Climate Change has a duty to advise on the appropriate balance between action at domestic, European and international level, for each carbon budget. The Government also amended the Bill in its final stages to require a limit to be set on the purchase of credits for each budgetary period, by secondary legislation requiring debate in both Houses of Parliament, and taking into account the Committee's advice.
    • Further measures to reduce emissions include powers to introduce domestic emissions trading schemes more quickly and easily through secondary legislation; measures on biofuels; powers to introduce pilot financial incentive schemes in England for household waste; powers to require a minimum charge for single-use carrier bags (excluding Scotland).
    • A requirement for the Government to issue guidance next year on the way companies should report their greenhouse gas emissions, and to review the contribution reporting could make to emissions reductions by 1st December 2010. Requirement also that the Government must, by 6th April 2012, use powers under the Companies Act to mandate reporting, or explain to Parliament why it has not done so.
    • New powers to support the creation of a Community Energy Savings Programme, as announced by the Prime Minister on 11 September 2008 (by extending the existing Carbon Emissions Reduction Target scheme to electricity generators).
    • New requirement for annual publication of a report on the efficiency and sustainability of the Government estate.

    The full text of the Act can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2008/ukpga_20080027_en_1

    Further information is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climatechange/uk/legislation/provisions.htm

    Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 28/11/08)

     

    ISSUE : December 2008

    The Energy Act 2008

    The Energy Act became law on 26th November 2008.

    The Act makes provisions relating to:

    • Gas importation and storage;
    • electricity generated from renewable sources;
    • electricity transmission;
    • payments to small-scale generators of low-carbon electricity;
    • the decommissioning of energy installations and wells;
    • the management and disposal of waste produced during the operation of nuclear installations
    • to petroleum licences;
    • third party access to oil and gas infrastructure and modifications of pipelines;
    • reports relating to energy matters;
    • the duties of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority;
    • payments in respect of the renewable generation of heat;
    • gas meters and electricity meters and provision relating to electricity safety;
    • the security of equipment, software and information relating to nuclear matters; and for connected purposes.

    The Act will ensure that UK's primary legislation is appropriate for today's energy market and fit for the challenges we face. It will put in place new legislation to reflect the availability of new technologies (such as Carbon Capture and Storage, emerging renewable technologies and smart meters); respond to changing requirements for security of supply infrastructure (such as offshore gas storage); and ensure adequate protections for the environment and the tax payer as the energy market changes. The full text of the Act can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2008/ukpga_20080032_en_1

    Further information is available from: http://nds.coi.gov.uk/environment/fullDetail.asp?ReleaseID=385627&NewsAreaID=2&NavigatedFromDepartment=False

    Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 28/11/08)

     

    ISSUE : December 2008

    Waste Framework Directive Published

    The revised Waste Framework Directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) on 19 November 2008. The revised Directive must be transposed into UK law by 12 December 2010. The Directive aims to set a framework for waste management in the EU, promoting both reuse and recycling, including energy recovery as a recovery activity within a revised waste management hierarchy and dealing with 'end of waste' classification.

    The full text of the Directive can be accessed from: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:312:0003:0030:EN:PDF

    Source: http://www.eur-lrx.europa.eu/ (accessed 28/11/08)

     

    ISSUE : December 2008

    Consultation on Better Regulation Review of Part B Activities

    In 2005 Defra, the Welsh Assembly Government and Scottish Government initiated a better regulation review of future regulation of those Part B (LAPPC-regulated) installations for which there is no direct obligation under an EU Directive for operators to obtain a pollution permit for their installation.  A first consultation was published in 2006.This second consultation contains proposals for regulatory changes having regard to the responses to the first consultation, information obtained since then, and subsequent informal consultations with key stakeholders.  The consultation includes a consultation stage Impact Assessment detailing the analysis undertaken to determine which regulatory options best achieve the better regulation and policy aims. The consultation closes on 6 February 2009.

    The Consultation document can be accessed from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/brr-partb-activities/consultation.pdf

     Further information is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/brr-partb-activities/index.htm

    Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/  (accessed 27/11/08)

     

    ISSUE : December 2008

    Consultation on proposed amendments to the Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005

    The Hazardous Waste Regulations transpose the requirements of the EC's Hazardous Waste Directive (91/689/EEC) and set out requirements for the controlled management of hazardous waste from the point of production to the final point of disposal or recovery. The Regulations came into force in July 2005 and are working well. However, in the light of operational experience Defra is now proposing a few relatively minor amendments to minimise the burden on operators and to further clarify the intention of certain parts of the Regulations.The main change proposed is a widening of the existing exemption from the requirement to notify premises producing hazardous waste to the Environment Agency. Under the 2005 Regulations certain specified low risk premises have been exempt from the notification requirement if they produce less than 200kg of hazardous waste per year. Defra is now proposing to extend this exemption to all premises that produce less than 500kg in a year and estimate that around 72,600 producers of hazardous waste will benefit from this change. The consultation closes on 6 February 2009. The Consultation document can be accessed from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/hazardous-wasteregs/consultation.pdf

    Further information is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/hazardous-wasteregs/index.htm

    Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/  (accessed 27/11/08)

     

    ISSUE : December 2008

    REACH pre-registration ending 01/12/2008

    Pre-registration took place from the 1 June 2008 to 1 December 2008 and it allowed companies to benefit from extended registration deadlines.

    For so-called 'phase-in substances', REACH provides for a phase-in scheme with staggered registration deadlines depending on the tonnage band and hazards of the substance:

    • 30 November 2010; or
    • 31 May 2013; or
    • 31 May 2018;

    If a company missed pre-registration for a substance they will not be able to benefit from transitional periods. In this case they will have to submit a registration dossier for that substance before they can continue manufacturing or importing it in 1 tonne or more per year after 2008.

    Pre-registration meant informing the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) of:

    • The name of the substance as specified in section 2 of REACH Annex VI, this includes CAS, EINECS or other identification codes
    • Name and address of the contact person or representative
    • Envisaged deadline for the registration and the tonnage band
    • Identifier information of any structurally similar chemical which you may wish to rely on to provide useful evidence on hazards as part of your registration package

    Once pre-registered the European Chemicals Agency will identify who is intending to register the same substance and put them in contact with each other. The potential registrants can then come together and form a 'Substance Information Exchange Forum' (SIEF) where they can negotiate sharing their available data and the costs of generating any new data. The ECHA will publish a list of pre-registered substances on its website by the 1 January 2009. This means that a company can check if the substance that they use has been pre-registered. However, the list will only comprise the names of the substances, EINECS and CAS identification codes and the registration deadline; it will notcontain any details on who actually pre-registered the substance. If the substance you use is not on the list, you should notify the ECHA of your interest in this substance - giving your contact details and those of your current supplier. The Agency will then 'advertise' on their website for a registrant for the particular substance. If anyone comes forward to take on the responsibility they will be provided with your contact details as the downstream user of the substance. The full text of the Regulation can be accessed from: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2006:396:0001:0849:EN:PDF

    Further information is available from: http://echa.europa.eu/home_en.asp and http://www.hse.gov.uk/reach/preregistration.htm

    Source: http://www.echa.europe.eu/  (accessed 01/12/08)

     

    ISSUE : December 2008

    Globally Harmonised System of Classification & Labelling of Chemicals

    The European Council and European Parliament have reached an informal agreement on the text of a Regulation to implement the United Nations Globally Harmonised System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) in the EU.  On 3 September 2008 a large majority of the European Parliament supported the "compromise package" for a new Regulation ("CLP Regulation") on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures which seeks to align existing EU legislation to the United Nations Globally Harmonised System (GHS). The next step in the co-decision process will be the final adoption of the CLP Regulation and the two related acts in Council. Publication of the adopted acts in the Official Journal is foreseen for late 2008.The GHS aims to provide world-wide harmonised criteria for classifying substances and mixtures according to their health, environmental and physical hazards; and world-wide harmonised hazard communication elements, including requirements for labelling and data safety sheets. This will be a direct acting EU regulation which, once adopted, will apply in member states. The CLP Regulation will, after a transitional period, replace the current rules on classification, labelling and packaging of substances (Directive 67/548/EEC) and mixtures (Directive 1999/45/EC). After entry into force, the deadline for substance classification according to the new rules will be 1 December 2010 and for mixtures 1 June 2015.

     Further information is available from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/ghs/index.htm and http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/reach/ghs_legislation_en.htm

    Source: http://www.hse.co.uk/  (accessed 27/11/08)

     

    ISSUE : December 2008

    Exemption from landfill tax for contaminated land to be phased out

    The current exemption from landfill tax for waste material generated from the clean up of contaminated land, is to be phased out under The Landfill Tax (Material from Contaminated Land) (Phasing out of Exemption) Order 2008 which was laid before the House of Commons on 8 October 2008. The Order amends the Finance Act 1996 and will come into force in two stages; firstly, exemption certificates, needed for the disposal of contaminated land waste, can only be obtained if the application for one is made before 1 December 2008, and secondly, all exemption certificates in issue for contaminated land waste will cease to be valid from 1 April 2012.                                                                      

    The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/uksi_20082669_en_1

    Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 06/11/08)

     

    ISSUE : November 2008

    New regulations to enforce European Regulation on maximum residue levels of pesticides

    Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council on maximum residue levels of pesticides in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin and amending Council Directive 91/414/EEC is to be enforced in England, Wales and Scotland by two new regulations. The Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels) (England and Wales) Regulations 2008 and The Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2008, coming into force on 1 November 08 and 18 November 08 respectively, enforce the provisions of the European Regulation whose aim is to harmonise the maximum residue levels (MRLs) of pesticides in place across EU member states. The Regulations make it an offence for any product to be placed on the market as food or feed, or allowing an animal to be fed, any product covered by Annex I to the European Regulation, if that product contains pesticide residue levels in excess of those specified. The full text of the England and Wales Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/uksi_20082570_en_1 The full text of the Scotland Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2008/ssi_20080342_en_1

    The full text of the European Regulations can be accessed from: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CONSLEG:2005R0396:20080410:EN:PDF

    Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 06/11/08)

     

    ISSUE : November 2008

    Amendments to exemptions within Smoke Control Areas

    New provisions to the fuels and fireplaces exempted from Smoke Control Areas have been made. The Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 and The Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (Scotland) (No. 2) Regulations 2008 both declare the fuels which are authorised fuels for the purposes of Part III of the Clean Air Act 1993. The Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 declares which fuels are authorised fuels for the purposes of Article 2(2) of the Clean Air (Northern Ireland) Order 1981.The Smoke Control Areas (Exempted Fireplaces) (England) (No. 2) Order 2008 and The Smoke Control Areas (Exempt Fireplaces) (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2008 make provisions for the exemption of certain fireplaces from the prohibition, under section 20 of the Clean Air Act 1993, of the emission of smoke in smoke control areas. Under the Clean Air Act 1993 the Clean Air (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 it is an offence to emit smoke from a chimney, furnace or boiler within a smoke control area. Authorised fuels are those which have been confirmed as capable of being burnt in an open fireplace without producing smoke. Exempted fireplaces are those which have been confirmed as capable of burning an unauthorised or inherently smoky solid fuel without emitting smoke. The full text of the Orders and Regulations can be accessed from: England: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/uksi_20082342_en_1 http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/uksi_20082343_en_1 Scotland: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2008/ssi_20080295_en_1 http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2008/ssi_20080296_en_1 Northern Ireland: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/sr/sr2008/nisr_20080415_en_1

    Further information regarding smoke control areas may be accessed from: http://www.uksmokecontrolareas.co.uk/

    Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 06/11/08)

     

    ISSUE : November 2008

    Consultation on carbon units, the net UK carbon account and carbon accounting

    The Department of Energy and Climate Change has issued (through DEFRA) a consultation seeking views on the proposals for carbon accounting in the UK under the Climate Change Bill. The Bill requires the Secretary of State to introduce new carbon accounting regulations in order to make provision for a carbon accounting scheme. Carbon accounting will be used to aid in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by determining compliance with the carbon budgets and targets established under the Bill in the UK.

    The DECC are seeking, in particular, views on the proposals for:

    • - the types of carbon units to be used in calculating the net UK carbon account,
    • - the circumstances in which carbon units can be credited to and debited from the net UK carbon account, and how this will be done,
    • - ensuring that carbon units credited to the net UK carbon account cease to be available to offset other greenhouse gas emissions,
    • - how units will be tracked and accounted for accurately, and
    • - the administration of the scheme.                                                                 

    The consultation will close on 19 January 2009.

    Further information about the consultation is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/carbon-accounting/index.htm

    Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/ (accessed 06/11/08)

     

    ISSUE : November 2008

    Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008

    This Act applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and it contains provisions which will enable key UK regulators to impose greater and more flexible enforcement measures on businesses.

    The RES Act 2008 comprises four distinct, but linked, parts:

    • Part 1 (Local Better Regulation Office): establishes the LBRO to promote adherence to the principles of better regulation amongst local authorities, and greater co-ordination between them and central government. It will bring financial benefits to businesses through increased clarity and guidance to local authorities helping them work together to keep the burdens of regulation on compliant business to a minimum.
    • Part 2 (Co-ordination of Regulatory Enforcement): seeks to secure coordination and consistency of regulatory enforcement by local authorities by establishing a Primary Authority scheme. Businesses operating in more than one local authority area that choose to have a Primary Authority Partnership will benefit from improved consistency of advice and enforcement across local authority trading standards, environmental health, licensing and fire and rescue services.
    • Part 3 (Civil Sanctions): gives regulators an extended tool kit of alternative civil sanctions as a more proportionate and flexible response to cases of regulatory non-compliance normally dealt with in the criminal courts. In particular, the extended toolkit will allow regulators to remove the financial benefit gained by businesses that deliberately seek an advantage though non-compliance with their regulatory obligations while helping to secure increased compliance.
    • Part 4 (Regulatory Burdens): creates a duty that requires regulators to review their functions, not to impose unnecessary burdens, and unless disproportionate or impracticable, to remove burdens that are found to be unnecessary. Regulators that are subject to the duty must report on progress annually. The duty applies to Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (OFGEM), the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), the Postal Services Commission (Postcomm), and the Water Services Regulation Authority (OFWAT) immediately. Ministers can apply the duty to other regulators by order where it will further the Government's better regulation agenda.
    Part 1 applies only to England and Wales. Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 apply in England and Wales and, as with Part 1, there are specific procedures for matters in Wales in respect of which the Welsh Ministers exercise functions. Parts 2, 3 and 4 also apply:
    • in Scotland in respect of matters that are reserved, and
    • in Northern Ireland in respect of matters that are not transferred

    Parts 1, 3 and 4 commenced on 1st October 2008 and Part 2 will commence on 6th April 2009.

    The full text of the Act can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2008/ukpga_20080013_en_1

    Further information about the Act is available from: http://www.berr.gov.uk/whatwedo/bre/inspection-enforcement/implementing-principles/sanctions-bills/page44047.html

    Source: http://www.berr.gov.uk/ (accessed 07/11/08)

     

    ISSUE : November 2008

    Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) (Amendment) Regulations

    These Regulations came into force on 1 October 2008 and apply to England, Scotland and Wales. They amend the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations SI 2002/1689, in order to update how certain dangerous chemicals are classified, labelled and how information is provided on safety datasheets. In Northern Ireland the corresponding Regulations are The Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 The full text of the Amendment can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/uksi_20082337_en_1

    The full text of the NI Amendment can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/sr/sr2008/nisr_20080424_en_1

    Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/ (accessed 07/11/08)

     

    ISSUE : November 2008

    HSE published health and safety statistics for 2007/08

    New statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed a reduction in the numbers of people killed, injured or made ill by work during 2007/08.

    The statistics can be found at http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/hssoct08.htm Reported major injuries at work fell by around 9% since the start of the decade and this trend continues. Work-related ill-health has also fallen across the period, although the rate of improvement here is not as great as hoped. Workplace deaths also fell by around 5% to 229. Across the EU, Great Britain (GB) has one of the lowest rates of work-related fatalities and injuries.

    Further information about the statistics is available from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2008/e08053.htm?ebul=hsegen/03-nov-2008&cr=2

    Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/ (accessed 07/11/08)

     

    ISSUE : November 2008

    The Offshore Installations (Safety Zones) (No.3) Order 2008

    This Order establishes, under the Petroleum Act 1987, a safety zone having a radius of 500 meters from the point around the installation specified in the Schedule and stationed in waters to which section 21(7) of the Act applies (these include territorial waters and waters in areas designated under the Continental Shelf Act 1964).Vessels, which for this purpose include hovercraft, submersible apparatus and installations in transit, are prohibited from entering or remaining in a safety zone except with the consent of the Health and Safety Executive or in accordance with the Offshore Installations (Safety Zones) Regulations. This Order is coming into force on 17th October 2008.

    The full text of the Order can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/uksi_20082454_en_1

    Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 01/10/2008)

     

    ISSUE : October 2008

    The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2008

    The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999 ("the 1999 regulations") implemented, in England and Wales, Directive 85/337/EEC on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment as amended.These Regulations amend the 1999 Regulations to implement the Directives in respect of applications for approval of reserved matters and applications for approval of similar conditions attached to the grant of planning permissions ("subsequent applications"). Regulations 2 to 12 amend the 1999 Regulations so that their provisions apply to subsequent applications. References to the National Assembly for Wales have been updated to references to the Welsh Ministers.

    Regulation 7 applies to subsequent consents under article 8 of, and Schedule 3 to, the Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) Order 1995, which provide for publicity procedures to be followed by local planning authorities in the case of planning permissions that are subject to environmental impact assessment. Regulation 13 amends the Town and Country Planning (Determination of Appeals by Appointed Persons) (Prescribed Classes) Regulations 1997, which prescribe the classes of appeal which are to be determined by persons appointed by the Welsh Ministers in accordance with the provisions of Schedule 6 to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 instead of being determined by the Welsh Ministers. It excludes from the reserved classes of appeal, enforcement appeals relating to unauthorised development to which the EIA Directive applies.

    The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/wales/wsi2008/wsi_20082335_en_1

    Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 01/10/08)

     

    ISSUE : October 2008

    The Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2008

    The Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2008 were made 16th September 2008 and they are coming into force 4th January 2009. These Regulations further transpose Article 7 (energy performance certificates) and partially transpose Article 4(3) of Directive 2002/91/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council ("the Directive") in Scotland. The Directive lays down requirements for the production of energy performance certificates when buildings are to be sold or rented out. The Regulations also provide for the display of certificates in public buildings. The Regulations impose a duty on the owner of a building to make an energy performance certificate available to prospective buyers or tenants where the building is to be sold or let. The Scottish Ministers must approve a method of calculation of the energy performance of buildings and may approve organisations whose members may issue energy performance certificates. The owner or occupier of a public building is required to ensure that an energy performance certificate is displayed within the building in a place clearly visible to members of the public. Scottish Ministers or a person appointed by them must maintain one or more registers of energy performance certificates, which must be sent to the relevant register before being issued. Local authorities have powers to enforce the Regulations and to require production of energy performance certificates. A penalty charge notice may be served on owners of buildings who contravene the requirement to make an energy performance certificate available. The penalty is: (a) £500 for dwellings or buildings ancillary to dwellings; and (b) £1,000 in any other case.

    The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/ssi2008/pdf/ssi_20080309_en.pdf

    Source: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/  (accessed 01/10/08)

     

    ISSUE : October 2008

    Reminder: Display Energy Certificates required from 01/10/2008

    The requirement for Display Energy Certificates comes into effect from 1 October 2008. Display Energy Certificates (DECs) show the actual energy usage of a building, the Operational Rating, and help the public see the energy efficiency of a building. This is based on the energy consumption of the building as recorded by gas, electricity and other meters. The DEC should be clearly displayed at all times and clearly visible to the public. A DEC is always accompanied by an Advisory Report that lists cost effective measures to improve the energy rating of the building.Display Energy Certificates are only required for buildings with a total useful floor area over 1,000m2 that are occupied by a public authority and institution providing a public service to a large number of persons and therefore visited by those persons. They are valid for one year. The accompanying Advisory Report is valid for seven years.

    Further information is available from: http://www.communities.gov.uk/planningandbuilding/theenvironment/energyperformance/publiccommercialbuildings/displayenergycertificates/

    Source: http://www.communities.gov.uk/  (accessed 02/10/08)

     

    ISSUE : October 2008

    Consultation on Local Authority Environmental Regulation of Industrial Plant: 2009/10 Fees and Charges

    The Environmental Permitting Regulations 2007 provide for the setting of fees and charges for Local Air Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC) and Local Air - Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (LA-IPPC) at levels that will recover costs of local authorities of implementing the system. This consultation relates to the LAPPC and LA-IPPC fees and charges in England. The Welsh Assembly Government will be consulting separately on these charges. It is proposed that subsistence charges for high risk standard Part Bs should be raised by 4.2%, and for low risk by 2.8%, to better reflect the regulatory effort involved on the part of LAs and further encourage good management of these facilities. Subsistence charges for medium risk standard Part B facilities will rise by 3.1%. This consultation closes on 19 December 2008.

    Further information about the consultation is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/localauth-plantfees09-10/index.htm

    Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/  (accessed 03/10/08)

     

    ISSUE : October 2008

    Consultation on waste incentive schemes: draft recycling service guidance

    New legislation in the Climate Change Bill will allow for the first time 5 pilot authorities in England to trial specific charge-and-rebate schemes for household waste. To complement this, Defra intends to issue guidance to assist local authorities in designing and running successful pilot schemes.Defra consulted informally in June on six pieces of guidance, which covered application and designation, technical issues, finance, coverage and disadvantaged groups, fly tipping prevention, and recycling service. Defra is now seeking further views on the recycling service guidance, which concerns the kerbside recycling service which should be in place before a local authority may introduce a waste incentive pilot scheme. The draft guidance proposes criteria that authorities wishing to pilot a scheme must meet, and seeks views on whether these are appropriate. The recycling service guidance has a different legal status to the other guidance that they intend to publish, because the legislation makes it a precondition that any authority running an incentive pilot has a "good recycling service" in place. This consultation closes on 14 November 2008.

    Further information about the consultation is available from: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/recycling-service/index.htm

    Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/  (accessed 03/10/08)

     

    ISSUE : October 2008

    New Biocidal Products Directive (BPD) Annex I Inclusion and Non Inclusion Decisions Published

    The EU Commission has published BPD Annex I Inclusion Directives for the following active substance:- Sulfuryl fluoride; - Difethialone; - Carbon Dioxide; - Clothianidin; - Etofenprox; - Thiamethoxam; - Propiconazole; - IPBC (3-iodo-2-propynyl butylcarbamate); - K-HDO (cyclohexylhydroxydiazene 1-oxide, potassium salt); - Difenacoum Further information is available from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/biocides/bpd/transposition.htm?ebul=biocides/sep-08&cr=2 The EU Commission has published a new Non Inclusion Decision in the Official Journal of the European Union. In accordance with article 4(2) of Regulation 2032/2003, biocidal products containing active substances for which a non-inclusion decision was taken shall be removed from the market within 12 months of the entering into force of such decision; unless otherwise stipulated in that non-inclusion decision.

    Further information is available from: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/biocides/non_inclusions.htm

    Source: www.hse.co.uk  (accessed 02/10/08)

     

    ISSUE : October 2008

    HSE Enforcement Policy Statement - updated

    The HSE Enforcement Policy Statement has been updated to reflect the HSC/E merger and to take into account factual changes since their original publication.This Enforcement Policy Statement sets out the general principles and approach which the health and safety enforcing authorities (mainly HSE and local authorities) are expected to follow. All local authority and HSE staff who take enforcement decisions are required to follow HSE's Enforcement Policy Statement.

    The updated Policy Statement is available from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/hse41.pdf

    Source: www.hse.co.uk  (accessed 02/10/08)

     

    ISSUE : October 2008

    The 2nd Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to the Dangerous Preparations Directive (DPD)

    The 2nd ATP adjusts the ‘rules' for classifying and labelling preparations (mixtures) of chemicals based on the classification of the constituent substances and their concentrations in the preparation. It was due to enter into legal effect in EU Member States on 1 March 2007. For technical reasons UK were unable to meet this deadline.  HSE have recently completed a public consultation on proposals to implement the Directive through amendments to the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2002.  European Commission Directive 2008/58/EC - commonly known as the 30th Adaptation to Technical progress to the Dangerous Substances Directive (the 30th ATP) was adopted by Member States on 16 February 2007 and was published in the Official Journal on 15th September 2008.  The timescale for implementation of the 30th ATP is 1 June 2009 - deliberately longer than is usual.  The same implementation date will be used for the 31st ATP, which the European Commission expects to call a vote by Member States towards the end of this year.  The longer implementation date reflects the intention that the proposed EC Regulation to adopt the GHS in the EU will be agreed before this date. This Regulation will take the existing Annex 1 of Dangerous Substances Directive, together with all the adaptations to technical progress (including the 30th and 31st ATPs), convert the entries to GHS classifications and labels, and insert them in a new Annex that will act directly at EU level. The practical consequence is that the UK and other Member States will not need to implement the 30th and 31st ATPs into national legislation (in UK's case CHIP).

    Further information is available from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/chip/issues.htm#updates

    Source: www.hse.co.uk  (accessed Date)

     

    ISSUE : October 2008

    The Export and Import of Dangerous Chemicals Regulations 2008

    These Regulations provide for the enforcement of EC Regulations dated 17 June 2008 concerning the export and import of dangerous chemicals. The EC Regulation gives effect to the UN Rotterdam Convention, adopted in 1998. The purpose of the Rotterdam Convention is to ensure that Parties to the Convention have the information they need to make decisions on giving consent for certain chemicals to be exported to them. This follows a general recognition that some developing countries do not have adequate systems to protect their people or environment from certain chemicals.The previous EC Regulation (304/2003) was annulled on the 10 January 2006 (Case No. C-178/03) by the European Court of Justice. It ruled that it had an incorrect legal base. However, it ruled that the effects of this Regulation were to be maintained until the adoption of a new Regulation with the appropriate legal bases.

    The new EC Regulation continues to:

    • 1. implement the ratified Rotterdam Convention.
    • 2. maintain existing controls by -
    • (a) separating chemicals into sub-categories for pesticides and industrial chemicals for professional and consumer use;
    • (b) banning the export of substances from the Community that are banned for use within the Community;
    • (c) requiring chemicals to be exported at least six months before their expiry date;
    • (d) extending the requirements of information exchange and technical assistance, and
    • (e) adding substances banned or severely restricted within the Community to the list requiring export notification.

    This instrument applies to all of the United Kingdom. The 2008 Regulations revoke and replace the Export and Import of Dangerous Chemicals Regulations 2005, the Export of Dangerous Chemicals Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1992 and the Export of Dangerous Chemicals (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999.

    The full text of the Regulations can be accessed from: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/pdf/uksi_20082108_en.pdf

    The full text of the EC Regulation can be accessed from: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:204:0001:0035:EN:PDF Source: www.opsi.gov.uk  (accessed 03/10/08)

     

    ISSUE : October 2008

    New Regulations for Wales amend statutory nuisance provisions of EPA1990

    The Statutory Nuisance (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Wales) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007 No.117) were made on 23rd January and entered into force on 31st January 2007. They relate to two categories of nuisance: insects and artificial light. Firstly, in respect of land for which payments are made under any of the land management schemes described in the Schedule to the Regulations (e.g. land designated as an Environmentally Sensitive Area), insects emanating from such land which are prejudicial to health or a nuisance will not constitute a statutory nuisance. The amendments made by these Regulations enable reliance to be placed on best practicable means having been used to abate, or to counteract the effects of, such nuisance. The Regulations also provide that best practicable means is a ground of appeal against an abatement notice in respect of nuisance from artificial light, where the artificial light is emitted either from industrial, trade or business premises, or by lights used for the purpose of illuminating an outdoor relevant sports facility.

    The Statutory Nuisances (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Wales) Order 2007 (SI 2007 No. 120) defines relevant sport? in relation to the statutory nuisance that may arise from artificial light which arises from lights used to illuminate an outdoor relevant sports facility.

     Both pieces of legislation are available on the OPSI website. Source: www.opsi.gov.uk (accessed 05/02/07)

     

    ISSUE : April 2007

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

    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

     

    ISSUE : January 2007

    Asbestos Update

    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)

    For details on JPD with NQA's health & safety courses visit our new website http://www.jpd.co.uk/courses/healthsafety.htm or call our friendly team on 0870 438 2573.

     

    ISSUE : July 2006

    BS 7799-2:2002

    In October 2005, BS 7799-2:2002 (information security management systems - specification with guidance for use) was revised and issued as ISO 27001. The new requirements document is very similar to the old and NQA would anticipate that none of their existing clients would have difficulty in complying with the new standard. UKAS has defined a transition period which will end in July 2007, with all new assessment activities being against the new standard from July 2006. (Taken from NQA Reporter, Spring 2006)

    JPD offer training on BS 7799 / ISO 27001 - for further information contact our training advisors on 0870 438 2573.

     

    ISSUE : June 2006

    ISO 22000 - New Food Safety Management System

    ISO 22000, published in September 2005 seeks to provide a standard for food safety management systems and complements the application of quality management systems (i.e. ISO 9001:2000) in the food supply chain. Whilst BRC remains the dominant standard within the UK, ISO 22000 could be its successor and will almost certainly be recognised by many countries. ISO 22000 is strongly HACCP based and includes many of the quality management requirements of ISO 9001:2000. So who is involved? There is considerable international interest in this standard. The working group that is developing ISO 22000 has representatives from 14 countries representing all continents. The working group also has representatives from organisations such as the Codex Alimentarius, the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and the European Confederation of the Food and Drink Industry (CIAA). If the chain stakeholders such as supermarkets, accept ISO 22000 as a basis for the implementation of management system requirements and need only a limited number of additional requirements, the large overlap between standards and certification assessments will disappear - and this will surely be of benefit to the food industry. JPD will be offering courses on ISO 22000, details coming soon.

    For further information on our HACCP and Food Hygiene courses visit http://www.jpd.co.uk/courses/haccp.htm or call one of our friendly training advisors on 0870 438 2573

     

    ISSUE : April 2006

    ISO 14001 Upgrade Deadline Approaches

    For those companies that have yet to upgrade from ISO 14001:1996 to ISO 14001:2004, the deadline is moving ever closer. From 15th May 2006 your ISO 14001:1996 certificate will no longer be valid. You will need to ensure that you have made all the necessary changes to your system to ensure that it meets the revised standard.

     See JPD's full range of environmental courses on our website www.jpd.co.uk or call 01565 724200 to discuss your requirements with a friendly advisor. (Taken from NQA Reporter, Winter 2005/6)

     

    ISSUE : February 2006

    Wheels in motion

    The automotive industry has been conscious for some time of the need for suppliers to operate quality management systems, hence the need for suppliers to the 'big three' (Ford, GM and Daimler-Chrysler) to seek certification against QS 9000. Other automotive companies have adopted a very similar approach. However, QS 9000 will become obsolete at the end of 2006, with certification against an industry developed specification, ISO/TS 16949, taking its place. As a consequence, no new certifications against QS 9000 can be issued from that time. This should come as no surprise to those few companies that are still certified to QS 9000 but time is now running short - so make sure you submit your application soon.

     JPD Training offers a series of courses on ISO/TS 16949 for more information visit our website www.jpd.co.uk or call one of our friendly Training Advisors on 01565 724200. (Taken from NQA Reporter, Winter 2005/6)

     

    ISSUE : February 2006

    Environmental Training in Brazil

    Early in December 2005, JPD with NQA Training were delighted to welcome the Chief Executive of project engineering consultancy and training company Proenco Brasil, Dr Luis Sans Castro, to our headquarters in Plumley. The Brazilian was on his latest whistle-stop tour of Europe, taking in Portugal, Italy, Austria, Serbia, Croatia and the UK. Proenco has a long-standing relationship with JPD stretching back to 1996 when Dr David Jones, Environmental Services Manager, gave a short series of environmental seminars in Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte. Since then the relationship has blossomed and David now finds himself travelling to Brazil on average five times a year to deliver the JPD five-day Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, IEMA-approved Foundation Course in Environmental Auditing. JPD is, in fact, the only UK training provider for this particular course in Brazil.

    The course is as popular as ever and now includes business students from the University of Sao Paulo, who are able to rub shoulders with some of Brazil's most influential managers and executives. There is a 'live' audit on the Thursday of each five-day course, which goes to places that the tourists never reach, including water works, hydro-electric dams, manufacturers, steelworks, forests, paper mills and chemical complexes. In the UK, the course also goes from strength to strength and attracts good numbers. It is ideal for Environmental, Health & Safety and Quality Managers - in fact, anyone who will be required to implement and audit environmental management systems.

    Luis has identified several possibilities for expanding his links with JPD, most notably Due Diligence Training, as Brazil has more lawyers per head of population than any other country outside the US. With NQA there is also the prospect of a lot more certification work for ISO business systems. During his visit to JPD, Luis demonstrated something which must be absolutely unique - he is probably the only Brazilian businessman who can pronounce the name of Welsh town Llangollen correctly!

    For more information on JPD with NQA's full portfolio of Environmental Management courses visit our website www.jpd.co.uk by clicking on the 'JPD with NQA Website' link on the right, or contact one of our friendly Training Advisors on 0870 438 2573 (Taken from NQA Reporter, Winter 2005/6)

     

    ISSUE : February 2006

    IEMA Publishes Practitioner Guide

    The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) has published a practitioner guide on managing compliance with environmental law. Legal compliance is an issue that few organisations can afford to overlook. With more and more pressure being placed on businesses to mitigate any adverse impact that they might have on the environment, this guide should help organisations of all types and sizes.

    The guide is aimed at those concerned with how to manage compliance with environmental law. It outlines best practice and should help readers to be informed about how to improve the environmental performance of their organisation and adhere to their legal obligations. Contributions have been made from various organisations, including the Environment Agency, on environmental regulation and users of environmental management systems (EMSs) including consultants and industry. These sections will provide good advice for organisations that have an EMS or are thinking of implementing a system in the future. In particular, organisations will find good practice points on compliance.

    The Association of British Certification Bodies also contributed along with NQA to the section on certification and verification. This section provides information on how the process of EMS assessment is approached. UKAS has also contributed in terms of how it assesses the capability of certification and verification bodies.

    The guide is available from IEMA on 01522 540 069 (Taken from NQA Reporter, Winter 2005/6)

     

    ISSUE : February 2006

    Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Risk Assessment) - Have you complied yet?

    The new Regulatory Reform Order Regulations (Fire Risk Assessment) came into force on the 1st October 2006, for more information take a look at the following article published on 'In Touch' earlier this year. If you need to know more, JPD are offering a one-day course on the requirements in relation to your own premises, for more information visit our website at http://www.jpd.co.uk/courses/ro.htm. In-House Training  is also available for this subject, for assistance call our team on 01565 724200. The first course is at Plumley (Near Manchester) on the 10th January 2007, places are going fast so reserve your space now, book online and receive £20 discount too.

     

    ISSUE : November 2006

    ISO 9000:2005 - quality management terminology updated

    ISO 9000:2005, Quality management systems - Fundamentals and vocabulary ISO has published a new edition of the ISO Standard that defines the vocabulary and describes the fundamentals of quality management systems. ISO 9000:2005 does not change the fundamentals of quality management systems stated in the 2000 edition. Some definitions and explanatory notes have been expanded or added to ensure that ISO 9000 is consistent with more recent ISO Standards. What changes have been made to ISO 9000: 2005?

     Example changes include the following definitions: technical expert, requirement, competence, contract, auditor, audit team, audit plan and audit scope. The new or revised terms come from Standards such as: ISO 19011 (Auditing), 10 terms ISO 10012 (Measurement assurance), 2 terms ISO 10005 (Quality Plans), 1 term ISO 10007 (Configuration management), 1 term ISO 10019 (Management consultants), 1 term The ISO Committee require that any conflicting National Standards are withdrawn by March 2006.

    To order your copy of ISO 9000:2005 from JPD with NQA call 0870 438 2573. JPD with NQA offer a variety of training courses on ISO 9000, for more information visit our website www.jpd.co.uk or call one of our training advisors on 0870 438 2573.

     

    ISSUE : January 2006

    What is BS 8555?

    BS 8555 (also known as the Acorn Scheme) is a standard which provides organisations with guidance on a phased approach to the implemetation of environmental management systems (EMS). There are six phases that can be tackled incrementally and at a pace that suits your organisation. Following through all the phases could lead your organisation to being in a position to be assessed against ISO 14001 or the eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS). It is aimed at any organisation but is particularly suitable for small to medium enterprises (SME's) who want recognition for their efforts on environmental management but are not yet in a position to gain registration to ISO 14001. The main benefits of BS 8555 are that it offers flexibility as the implementation and registration can proceed at a rate that takes into account the many other organisational pressures. It means that you can reap the rewards of having a recognised EMS such as improved market share and the identification of potential savings. It will also help you to manage your environmantal risks and legal compliance issues depending on which phase you aim to achieve.

    NQA is currently one of only two Acorn inspection bodies in the UK qualified to inspect against BS 8555. You can become registered to any phase up to and including phase five. Beyond phase five organisations should seek EMAS or ISO 14001 registration. To become registered to the Acorn Scheme NQA will inspect your organisation's EMS against the stage profiles within the relevant phases of BS 8555 to ensure you meet the achievement criteria. For more information contact NQA by email: ems@nqa.com or by telephone: 08000 522424

    Coming soon, JPD with NQA will be offering a one-day course on BS 8555, for more information contact Nicola Scott on 0870 438 2573. (Taken from NQA Reporter, Autumn 2005)

     

    ISSUE : January 2006

    Have you appointed a Health & Safety competent person?

    The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires every employer to appoint one or more competent persons to assist them in undertaking the measures needed to comply with statutory health and safety provisions. More and more employers are 'linking' to an external specialist for health & safety support, as they are finding this the most cost-effective and timely solution. If you have not appointed a competent person, you should do so now. Your company needs to implement arrangements for health & safety, including effective planning, organisation control, monitoring and review of the preventive and protective measures, taking account of the nature of activities and the size of the undertaking. If your company has five or more employees, these arrangements need to be recorded. Employers also need to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of (a) the risks to health & safety to which employees are exposed whilst at work; and (b) the risks to the health & safety of persons not in their employment arising out of, or in connection with, their work.

     The HSE has recognised the burden this can place on companies and suggests in their summary of the main changes arising from the 1999 regulations, that "employers who do not have sufficient competence themselves should look to appoint one or more of their employees who have the necessary means to provide health & safety assistance. If there are no (or an insufficient number of) relevant competent employees in the organisation, or their level of competence is insufficient to assist the employer in complying with health & safety law, the employer should enlist an external service or person. In some circumstances a combination of internal and external competent assistance might be appropriate".

    JPD with NQA offer a wide variety of courses and services to help you with all your Health & Safety needs, for more information visit our website www.jpd.co.uk or call one of our training advisors on 0870 438 2573.

     

    ISSUE : January 2006

    What are the WEEE regulations?

    The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations (WEEE) came into effect on the 13th August 2005. These regulations implement the provisions of the European Parliament and Council Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (2002/96/EC). The aim of the regulations is to encourage the reuse, recycling and recovery of electrical and electronic equipment. The focus on the electrical and electronic equipment sector is a direct result of the faster growth rate of this form of waste and its disproportionate negative impact on the environment, caused by the hazardous elements within the equipment. It is estimated that the effective management of this type of waste could avoid landfill capacity of between 133,000 and 339,000 tonnes per year.

    The Directive obliges the UK to maintain a register of producers putting electrical and electronic goods on to the market, and the amount of these goods both in terms of weight and quantity. The regulations define electrical and electronic equipment as being 'equipment which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work properly and equipment for the generation, transfer and measurements of such currents and fields...., and designed for use with a voltage rating not exceeding 1000 volts for alternating current and 1500 volts for direct current'. The items of interest to the electrical contractor include household appliances, consumer equipment, monitoring and control equipment, smoke detectors, power tools and lighting. There are some exemptions such as filament light bulbs, and household luminaires which attach directly to a wall, ceiling or lamp stand. Luminaires used in commercial premises are covered by the regulations.

    The main responsibilities under the regulations are placed on producers of equipment and distributors to offer take-back schemes to recover items for recycling. Advice from the Environment Agency indicates that no additional responsibilities will be placed on electrical contractors other than to ensure that this equipment is treated as hazardous waste and recycled appropriately. It is anticipated that take-back schemes developed by producers in conjunction with local authorities will be in place by early 2006.

    JPD with NQA offer a one-day course on the WEEE Regulations called 'Producer Responsibility' for more information visit our website www.jpd.co.uk (or click on the link on the right hand side of this page), or alternatively contact one of our Training Advisors on 0870 438 2573.

     

    ISSUE : January 2006

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