Archive for February, 2013

Wearside workers woe

A Wearside engineering firm has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £2,000 costs for endangering workers by allowing them to use machinery on which vital safety devices had been disabled.

Sunderland Magistrates' Court heard that Washington-based Penshaw Engineering Limited knowingly kept two computer-controlled lathes in use when interlock safety devices were not working. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector visited the site on 30 March 2011, and found the devices disabled. They were designed to protect the workers from the moving parts of the machinery when they were open, however they had been disabled to allow workers to use the rotating lathe to polish components under production with emery cloth.

Further HSE investigations determined the safety devices had been disabled for around a year prior to inspection, and that management were aware of the situation. The company had also been served with two improvement notices and had received advice on the disabling of interlocks on computer controlled machinery.

HSE inspector Fiona McGarry commented, “Safety devices are installed on machinery with dangerous moving parts to protect those who work with them. Deliberately disabling or switching them off puts workers at unnecessary risk and is simply not acceptable. Employers should avoid polishing with emery cloth and lathes. Where necessary it should be applied using safety equipment such as a backing board, tool post or nutcracker. Polishing should not be carried out on computer controlled lathes.”

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Scotland Energy Performance of Buildings amendment

The Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Amendment Regulations SSI 2013/12 came into force on 27 January 2013.

They amend the Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations SSI 2008/309 to require the inclusion of Green Deal information on an energy performance certificate (EPC) and a recommendations report where a property is the subject of a Green Deal.

Specifically, the amendments:

  • introduce a requirement to identify a Green Deal on an EPC;
  • introduce a requirement to provide Green Deal information in the recommendations report which must accompany an EPC;
  • enable Green Deal information entered on the register to be altered to allow such information, reported on disclosure documents, to be current;
  • specify restrictions on the disclosure of information held on the register to ensure that Green Deal information is only disclosed by the keeper of the register in appropriate circumstances;
  • introduce a new Schedule which sets out the Green Deal information which must be in a recommendations report for disclosure purposes where a building is subject to a Green Deal.
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Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Amendment Regulations SSI 2013/12

These Regulations came into force on 27 January 2013 and apply to Scotland only.
They amend the Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations SSI 2008/309 to require the inclusion of Green Deal information on an energy performance certificate (EPC) and a recommendations report where a property is the subject of a…

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Directive 2013/5/EU (OJ:L44/14/2013) amending Directive 98/8/EC to include pyriproxyfen as an active substance in Annex 1

This Directive amends Directive 98/8/EC, on the placing of biocidal products on the market, to include pyriproxyfen as an active substance in Annex 1.

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Decision 2013/85/EU (OJ:L45/30/2013) on the non-inclusion of certain substances in Annex 1, 1A or 1B to Directive 98/8/EC on the placing of biocidal products on the market

This Decision states that the following substances for the product-types concerned are not to be included in Annex 1, 1A or 1B to Directive 98/8/EC, on the placing of biocidal products on the market:

Glutaral, for product-type 5;
4-(2-nitrobutyl)morpholine, for product-types 6 and 13;
N,N’-(decane-1,10-diyldi-1(4H)-pyridyl-4- ylidene)bis(octylammonium) dichloride, for product-type 1;
Salicylic acid, for product-type…

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Directive 2013/3/EU (OJ:L44/6/2013) amending Directive 98/8/EC to extend the inclusion in Annex 1 of the active substance thiamethoxam to product-type 18

This Directive amends Directive 98/8/EC, on the placing of biocidal products on the market, to extend the inclusion in Annex 1 of the active substance thiamethoxam to product-type 18.

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Directive 2013/4/EU (OJ:L44/10/2013) amending Directive 98/8/EC to include Didecyldimethylammonium Chloride as an active substance in Annex 1

This Directive amends Directive 98/8/EC, on the placing of biocidal products on the market, to include Didecyldimethylammonium Chloride as an active substance in Annex 1.

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Regulation (EU) 1238/2012 (OJ:L350/59/2012) approving the active substance Trichoderma asperellum (strain T34), in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011

This implementing Regulation approves the active substance Trichoderma asperellum (strain T34) in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, on the placing of plant protection products on the market.
Legislative background
Directive 91/414/EEC, on the placing of plant protection products on the market, although revoked by Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, continues to apply to active substances…

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Regulation (EU) 1197/2012 (OJ:L342/27/2012) amending Regulation (EU) 540/2011 as regards the extension of the approval periods of certain active substances

This Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 540/2011 as regards the extension of the approval periods of certain active substances.
Legislative background
Part A of the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011, implementing Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 as regards the list of approved active substances, sets out the active substances deemed to have been approved under…

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Muse not amused

With Muse due to perform at the BRIT awards this month, fans may be expecting the usual explosive act from them involving pyrotechnics. Indeed, the band had planned an all-guns-blazing performance which would involve the setting off of 50 fireworks at the O2 Arena.

However, they have been told that their fireworks plan must be scaled back to only 10 due to health and safety fears.

The Daily Mirror newspaper was told by a source that, “Bosses were concerned at the amount of pyrotechnics on stage so told Muse in no uncertain terms to cull the fireworks. There will be around 20,000 people inside The O2 and organisers couldn't risk causing a blaze or injury.''

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