Archive for July, 2012

Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Revocations) Regulations SI 2012/1537

These Regulations will come into force on 1 October 2012 and apply to England, Scotland and Wales.
They revoke the legislation listed below, which relates to health and safety provisions. They are being revoked because they are either redundant or have been effectively replaced by more up-to-date Regulations.
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Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) (Chemical Agents) (Amendment) Regulations SI 2012/1844

These Regulations came into force on 10 August 2012 and apply to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
They implement Directive 2009/161/EU, which establishes a third list of indicative occupational exposure limit values for exposure to chemical agents at work, by amending the Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health…

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Olympic safety is not plain sailing

The London Olympic Games has excelled in safety, with no fatalities during the construction of the Olympic Park. A workforce of 46,000 spent over 80 million man-hours constructing the park and there were only 126 RIDDOR-reportable injury accidents. As construction is one of the most dangerous occupations, this will undoubtedly be welcome news to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

However, the praise for health and safety seems to end there, with some spectators complaining about strict restrictions in the Olympic venues. For example, only 100ml of liquid can be taken into any venue, forcing many to spend more on food and drink on-site.

The sailing event has particularly come under scrutiny, as spectators were banned from taking in folding chairs so that they could sit on the grass banks. Ticket-holders were told that fold up chairs and cool boxes were banned, but were encouraged to bring picnic rugs and small snacks instead. A spokesman said, “For health and safety reasons fold-up chairs are not permitted in the Nothe Gardens, which is an exposed and steeply banked site. We were clear about the site specifications at the point of sale. However, we will have limited fixed seating available for those that most require it.”

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Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances (Abolition) Order SI 2012/1923

This Order came fully into force on 23 July 2012 and applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
It is made in accordance with the Public Bodies Act 2011 and abolishes the Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances, which was established under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and amends various pieces…

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Fire and Rescue Authorities (National Framework) (England) Order SI 2012/1886

This Order came into force on 17 August 2012 and applies to England only.
It is made in accordance with the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 and gives effect to the “Fire and Rescue National Framework for England.”
This was published in July 2012 and is a revision of the Fire…

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Northern Ireland firefighters tackle biggest blaze in years

A fire at a clothes recycling plant in Newry, County Armagh has been described by the chief fire officer in Northern Ireland as “one of the biggest incidents for years.”

At the height of the fire, 23 fire engines and 115 fire service staff from across the region were involved in tackling the serious and rapidly developing blaze.

Reinforcements, including crews with specialist high reach aerial appliances, water tankers and high volume pumping units were called in as the flames started to spread to a nearby lorry car park.

The warehouse at the plant was saved but a clothing storage area has been destroyed in the fire. The cause of the fire is now under investigation.

Sinn Féin councillor for Newry Packie McDonald said it was thankful that no one was injured but the damage was a “serious blow to the local economy” as over 100 people are employed at the recycling plant.


New GB fees legislation published

The Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations SI 2012/1652 have been published, and will come into force on 1 October 2012.

They set fees payable to the HSE for carrying out certain functions relating to licensing, equipment approval, inspection and approvals regimes and will revoke and replace the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations SI 2010/579. Almost all of the fees in the previous Regulations are reproduced by these Regulations without increase.

Two new fees are however introduced:

  • a fee payable in respect of certain functions contained in the Borehole Sites and Operations Regulations SI 1995/2038; and
  • a fee for intervention (FFI) payable by those who are found to be in material breach of relevant statutory provisions to enable the HSE to recover costs which it incurs as a result of carrying out functions in relation to those breaches.

The fee for intervention reflects the cost of the HSE performing its functions; this is currently £124 per hour. An explanation of how the hourly rate has been calculated and further information on the cost of the fee can be found in HSE47 – Guidance on the application of Fee for Intervention (FFI).


Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations SI 2012/1652

These Regulations come into force on 1 October 2012 and apply to England, Scotland and Wales.
They will cease to have effect on 1 October 2017.
When these Regulations come into force, they will revoke and replace the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations SI 2010/579. Almost all of the fees in the…

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Regulation (EU) 612/2012 (OJ:L178/5/2012) amending Annexes 2 and 3 to Regulation (EC) 1072/2009 on common rules for access to the international road haulage market

This Regulation amends Annexes 2 and 3 to Regulation (EC) 1072/2009, on common rules for access to the international road haulage market, in order to specify the colour of the Community licence model and Driver attestation model more precisely.
The colours are adjusted to:

“Colour Pantone light blue 290, or as…

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Regulation (EU) 613/2012 (OJ:L178/6/2012) amending Annex 3 to Regulation (EC) 1071/2009 establishing common rules concerning the conditions to be complied with to pursue the occupation of road transport operator

This Regulation amends Annex 3 to Regulation (EC) 1071/2009, establishing common rules concerning the conditions to be complied with to pursue the occupation of road transport operator, in order to specify the colour of the model certificate of professional competence more precisely.
The colour is adjusted to “Colour Pantone stout fawn…

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