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Not just the dogs biting the postman’s legs

Postal staff working in Cheltenham have been banned from wearing shorts on health and safety grounds. It was feared that postal staff who wear shorts in bad weather might get frost-bite, chapped skin or they may suffer worse injuries if they fall on ice or snow than they would do if they were wearing trousers.

However, some of the staff are not too happy about the ban, stating that they would prefer to wear shorts in all weather. As some of the staff can walk up to 10 miles a day on rounds, wearing shorts keeps their legs cool.

One anonymous member of staff said, “I find wearing shorts much more comfortable as I feel more restricted in trousers and my legs do get warm.”

The ban was announced following an incident where a member of staff grazed their leg after falling in icy conditions.

Royal Mail spokesman Adrian Booth said, “Our priority is for the health and safety of our staff and risks of frostbite and chapped skin should not be taken lightly. Following a local incident in which a colleague was injured in a fall, we advised our staff in the Cheltenham area not to wear shorts, to reduce the risk of injury during severe local weather.”

He added, “Now weather conditions have improved, our staff have been advised that this guidance is no longer relevant.”

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Regulation (EU) 35/2013 (OJ:L25/49/2013) amending Annexes 2 and 3 to Regulation (EC) 396/2005 as regards maximum residue levels for dimethomorph, indoxacarb, pyraclostrobin and trifloxystrobin in or on certain products

This Regulation amends Regulation (EC) 396/2005, on maximum residue levels (MRLs) of pesticides in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin, by modifying the MRLs for:

dimethomorph;
indoxacarb;
pyraclostrobin; and
trifloxystrobin,

in or on certain products.
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Regulation (EU) 1237/2012 (OJ:L350/55/2012) approving the active substance Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus – weak strain, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011

This Regulation approves the active substance Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus – weak strain in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, on the placing of plant protection products on the market.
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Gas (Meter Testing and Stamping) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2012/454

These Regulations came into force on 17 January 2013 and apply to Northern Ireland only.
They exempt gas meters for heavy industrial usage from the meter testing and stamping requirements of the Gas (Northern Ireland) Order SI 1996/275.
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Regulation (EU) 34/2013 (OJ:L25/1/2013) amending Annexes 2, 3 and 4 to Regulation (EC) 396/2005 as regards maximum residue levels for various substances in or on certain products

This Regulation amends Regulation (EC) 396/2005, on maximum residue levels (MRLs) of pesticides in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin, by modifying the MRLs for:

2-phenylphenol;
ametoctradin;
Aureobasidium pullulans strains DSM 14940 and DSM 14941;
cyproconazole;
difenoconazole;
dithiocarbamates;
folpet;
propamocarb;
spinosad;
spirodiclofen;
tebufenpyrad; and
tetraconazole,

in or on certain products.
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Product Safety Amendment and Revocation Regulations SI 2012/2963

These Regulations will come into force on 6 April 2013 and apply to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
They amend the Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations SI 2010/1554 in order to impose a lower age restriction for the supply of a Christmas cracker, which is a category 1 firework, in line…

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Regulation (EU) 17/2013 (OJ:L9/5/2013) approving the active substance Trichoderma atroviride strain I-1237, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011

This Reglation approves the active substance Trichoderma atroviride strain I-1237 in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, on the placing of plant protection products on the market.
In doing so, it amends the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011, which contains a list of approved active substances.
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Regulation (EU) 22/2013 (OJ:L11/8/2013) approving the active substance cyflumetofen, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011

This implementing Regulation approves the active substance cyflumetofen in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, on the placing of plant protection products on the market.
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Decision 2013/38/EU (OJ:L18/17/2013) allowing Member States to extend provisional authorisations granted for the new active substances emamectin and maltodextrin

This implementing Decision allows Member States to extend provisional authorisations granted for the new active substances emamectin and maltodextrin.
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In accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, on the placing of plant protection products on the market:

the Netherlands received an application for the inclusion of the active substance emamectin;
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Regulation (EU) 73/2013 (OJ:L26/11/2013) amending Annexes 1 and 5 to Regulation (EC) 689/2008 on the export and import of dangerous chemicals

This Regulation makes various amendments to Annex 1 and Annex 5 to Regulation (EC) 689/2008, on the export and import of dangerous chemicals.
Legislative background
Regulation (EC) 689/2008 implements the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure (PIC) for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade.
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