Archive for August, 2012

(NI) Technical Booklet C: Site Preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture

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Technical Booklet D: Structure

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(NI) Technical Booklet P: Sanitary appliances, unvented hot water storage systems and reducing the risk of scalding

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Technical Booklet F2: Conservation of fuel and power in buildings other than dwellings

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(NI) Technical Booklet K: Ventilation

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(NI) Technical Booklet H: Stairs, ramps, guarding and protection from impact

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Technical Booklet E: Fire Safety

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Who ya gonna call?…Myth Busters!

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published its top 10 examples of instances in which organisations have attempted to “hide behind the term health and safety” instead of giving real reasons for their decisions.

Since April, the HSE has been calling on people who think they were subject to a “ludicrous ruling” to submit examples to them for professional assessment.

Through its Myth Busters Challenge Panel, the HSE seeks to draw attention to inaccurate claims that health and safety forbids certain activities when no such rules exist.

Judith Hackitt, chairman of the HSE and of the panel, said, “The panel has seen some blatant and disturbing examples of people using health and safety as an excuse in the last few months, ranging from a smokescreen for a whole host of unpopular decisions to completely nonsensical interpretations of what the law requires.”

The Myth Busters Challenge Panel picked the following as the top 10 examples of situations when health and safety has been incorrectly cited as the reason for a decision:

  • a boot supplier claimed that it was banned from accepting dirty boots for return;
  • cafes and restaurants refusing to heat up baby food;
  • a golf club told players that golf buggies were not health and safety authorised;
  • a hospital refused the use of a microwave on a ward;
  • a gym-goer was told he could not lift weights without wearing trainers;
  • a woman was banned by her boss from wearing sandals in the office in summer;
  • a passenger was refused a blanket on a flight but told she could buy one;
  • a campsite banned sleeping in a camper van;
  • a primary school's treehouse had to be located away from the premises because of a risk to children;
  • a council banned a nursery teacher from taking children to an allotment.
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Regulation (EU) 618/2012 (OJ:L179/3/2012) amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures

This Directive amends Regulation (EC) 1272/2008, on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, in order to adapt it to technical and scientific progress.
Legislative background
Part 3 of Annex 6 to Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 contains two lists of harmonised classification and labelling of hazardous substances.
Table 3.1 is a list based…

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Merchant Shipping (Accident Reporting and Investigation) Regulations SI 2012/1743

These Regulations came into force on 31 July 2012 and apply to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
They revoke and replace the Merchant Shipping (Accident Reporting and Investigation) Regulations SI 2005/881 and implement the provisions of Directive 2009/18/EC, establishing the fundamental principles governing the investigation of accidents in the maritime…

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