Archive for October, 2012

Building Regulations (2009 Amendment Act) (Commencement No. 2) Order (Northern Ireland) SR 2012/186

This Order applies to Northern Ireland only and brought various provisions of the Building Regulations (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2009 into force on 15 May 2012. Further provisions came into force on 31 October 2012.
The following provisions came into force on 15 May 2012:

part of section 4, on further…

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Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 Chapter 8

This Act received Royal Assent on 7 August 2012 and applies to Scotland only.
It creates a single Police Service of Scotland and a single Fire and Rescue Service to serve local communities and meet modern demands and challenges.
Legislative background
In creating single police and fire and rescue services in Scotland, this…

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Building Regulations (1979 Order) (Commencement No. 3) Order (Northern Ireland) SR 2012/187

This Order applies to Northern Ireland only and brought various provisions of the Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) Order SI 1979/1709 into force on 15 May 2012. Further provisions were commenced on 31 October 2012.
The following provisions came into force on 15 May 2012:

article 9, on the power of district councils…

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Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 published

The Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 began to come into force on 1 October 2012.

It creates a single Police Service of Scotland and a single Fire and Rescue Service to serve local communities and meet modern demands and challenges. In doing so, the Act reduces duplication and creates a new streamlined structure across the current eight police forces, the Scottish Police Services Authority, the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency and the eight fire and rescue services.

As a result, resources are freed for frontline services and savings are expected of around £1.7 billion over the next 15 years.

The Act makes some substantial amendments to various legislation, which initially includes the:

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Safety compliance fine for building firm

A building maintenance firm has been fined £65,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,162 after one of its employees had their leg crushed by a cherry picker at a nuclear site in Cumbria.

Ken Brown, 62, was directing the vehicle along a one-way road at the Windscale site when it struck him on 5 May 2011. Mr Brown was taken to hospital where doctors had to amputate his leg above the knee.

His employer, Johnson Controls Ltd, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found there had not been a safe system of work for the task and relevant training had not been provided. The only advice the company gave to its employees when directing cherry pickers was to wear a high visibility waistcoat. No specific training was provided for the task.

Johnson Controls Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by failing to ensure the safety of employees.

Speaking after the hearing, the investigating inspector at HSE, Faye Wingfield, said, “Kenneth Brown has suffered a terrible injury that will affect him for the rest of his life due to failings of his employer. Vehicles continue to be a major cause of serious injuries in the workplace, and the first principle of any employer should be to keep people and vehicles apart.”

She continued, “It is questionable whether Johnson Controls actually needed a member of staff on foot to direct the cherry picker, given that it was travelling forwards along a road in a one-way system. But if the risk assessment decided someone was needed to escort the vehicle then a safe system of work needed to be devised. Employees should also have been given appropriate training, including how to communicate effectively with the driver.”

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HSE in live ‘Fee For Intervention’ Twitter chat

On Thursday 18 October, the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) Director of Special Projects, Gordon MacDonald, will take to Twitter in order to answer your questions on the new Fee For Intervention Scheme.

The hour-long session will start at 3pm under the hashtag #askHSE.

The HSE is on Twitter as @H_S_E and you can follow us @cedrec_news for all information we add to Cedrec, including legislation, guidance and topical environmental and health and safety news.

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See Cedrec at the SHE Show!

Cedrec are delighted to announce that we will be attending the SHE Show North East, which will take place at the Newcastle Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park, on 20 November 2012.

We attended the launch of the show way back in Blackpool three years ago, and since then the event has gone from strength to strength with its success and demand from the audience leading to the show coming to the North East for the first time.

The SHE Show is a high profile conference running alongside an exhibition featuring key suppliers and service providers in the fields of safety, health and environment. The conference programme promises to deliver a line-up of topical, thought provoking and entertaining speakers. The focus of the day will be real practical solutions and you will be able to get help and advice on ways to achieve the future challenges that most SHE professionals face in this current climate.

Due to our commitment to safety, health and environment we just had to be there, so why not come along and say hello! Our dedicated team will be on hand at stand 33 to show you our range of online products and how we make legislation simple. They'll also be able to talk you through how we can make your job easier by taking the hard work out of legal compliance with our register of legislation service, gap analysis audits and aspects and impacts reviews.

We'll look forward to seeing you there!

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Recommendation 1999/519/EC (OJ:L199/59/99) on the limitation of exposure of the general public to electromagnetic fields (0 Hz to 300 GHz)

This Recommendation contains guidance as to what Member States should be doing with regards to limiting the exposure of the general public to electromagnetic fields.
Recommendation
Member States should:

assign to the physical qualities listed in Annex 1 to this Recommendation;
in order to provide for a high level of health protection against exposure…

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Public Bodies (Abolition of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) Order SI 2012/964

This Order came into force on 1 April 2012 and applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
It is made in accordance with the Public Bodies Act 2011 and abolishes the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.
It also amends certain pieces of legislation as a result.
Revocations and amendments
This…

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Regulation (EU) 665/2012 (OJ:L194/1/2012) amending Regulation (EU) 454/2011 on the technical specification for interoperability relating to the subsystem “telematics applications for passenger services” of the trans-European rail system

This Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 454/2011, on the technical specification for interoperability relating to the subsystem “telematics applications for passenger services” of the trans-European rail system.
The amendment updates Annex 3 of Regulation (EC) 454/2011 with regard to technical documents.
Legislative background
The European Railway Agency has implemented a change management process for the…

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