Archive for March, 2013

Regulation (EU) 190/2013 (OJ:L62/19/2013) amending Regulation (EU) 540/2011 as regards the conditions of approval of the active substance sodium hypochlorite

This Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 540/2011 as regards the conditions of approval of the active substance sodium hypochlorite.
Legislative background
The active substance sodium hypochlorite was included in Annex 1 to Directive 91/414/EEC, on the placing of plant protection products on the market.
Since the replacement of Directive 91/414/EEC by Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, this substance…

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Regulation (EU) 200/2013 (OJ:L67/1/2013) approving the active substance ametoctradin, 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 Regulation approves the active substance ametoctradin as an active substance for the purposes of Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, on the placing of plant protection products on the market.
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Directive 91/414/EEC, on the placing of plant protection products on the market, although revoked, still applies to active substances for which a…

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Regulation (EU) 201/2013 (OJ:L67/6/2013) amending Regulations (EU) 788/2011 and (EU) 540/2011 as regards an extension of the uses for which the active substance fluazifop-P is approved

This Regulation amends Regulations (EU) 788/2011 and (EU) 540/2011 as regards an extension of the uses for which the active substance fluazifop-P is approved.
Legislative background
By Regulation (EU) 788/2011 approving the active substance fluazifop-P, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending…

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Regulation (EU) 187/2013 (OJ:L62/10/2013) amending Regulation (EU) 540/2011 as regards the conditions of approval of the active substance ethylene

This Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 540/2011 as regards the conditions of approval of the active substance ethylene.
Legislative background
The active substance ethylene was included in Annex 1 to Directive 91/414/EEC, on the placing of plant protection products on the market.
Since the replacement of Directive 91/414/EEC by Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, this substance is deemed…

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HSE discuss RIDDOR consultation

While discussing revised proposals to reform the Reporting of Injuries, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) SI 1995/3163, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has decided against its proposal that employers and other dutyholders should not have to report occupational diseases.

They also agreed to keep the duty to report non-fatal work-related accidents to members of the public, again going against a suggestion set out in the same autumn 2012 consultation document. The reforms to major injuries, dangerous occurrences and self-employed workers will however go ahead. Duties to report fatal injuries to workers and the public, and over seven day injuries to workers remain unchanged.

Other reforms proposed in the consultation document will go ahead, including:

  • simplifying and reducing the list of:
    • major injuries to 10 types, so it is more closely aligned with the HSE's incident selection criteria,
    • dangerous occurrences to 20, so they are focussed on higher-risk sectors and activities;
  • self-employed workers will no longer have to report injuries to themselves.

The proposed revisions are expected to come into force on 1 October.

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Construction company fined after failing to managed asbestos

Michael Galloway, trading as M.G. Construction has been fined £2,500 and given a 12 month conditional discharge after pleading guilty at Newry Crown Court to three breaches of health and safety legislation.

The case arose when asbestos containing materials were disturbed, spread and removed during the demolition of a bungalow at a site in Dromore, County Down between 22 September 2010 and 7 October 2010. A Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSE NI) investigation found that during the demolition work there was asbestos insulation board removed by Mr Galloway, who did not hold the necessary licence to allow him to do the work. Samples had previously been taken from the bungalow which were analysed and found to be grey insulation board containing amosite and chrysotile asbestos.

The investigation also found that Mr Galloway did not take adequate steps to prevent both exposure to and the spread of asbestos fibres by allowing workers to carry out demolition work in areas that were contaminated with asbestos debris.

Denise Donaghy, an inspector with the HSE NI commented, “The dangers of asbestos are well known. Exposure to asbestos fibres is the greatest cause of work related death in the UK and the correct procedures for working are long established. It is a legal requirement that these procedures and control measures are put in place to prevent the spread and exposure of asbestos.”

For more information, see the:

  • Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order SI 1978/1039;
  • Control of Asbestos Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2012/179.
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Regulation (EU) 254/2013 (OJ:L79/7/2013) amending Regulation (EC) 340/2008 on the fees and charges payable to the European Chemicals Agency pursuant to Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

This Regulation amends Regulation (EC) 340/2008, on the fees and charges payable to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1907/2006, on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).
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Following the review of Regulation (EC) 340/2008, it was decided that it should be amended in various…

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New REACH fees published

A new Regulation has been published which amends the fees and charges set out in Regulation (EC) 340/2008, for registering chemicals under Regulation (EC) 1907/2006, on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

The amendments have been made by Regulation (EU) 254/2013 which came into force on 22 March 2013, however the amendments will not apply to pending submissions made under Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 before that date.

Under the changes, standard fees have increased by approximately 7%, but discounts for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will see the costs of compliance fall for SMEs compared to current levels.

Medium-sized firms (with up to 250 members of staff) will receive a 35% discount on standard registration fees, compared to the current 30% reduction, small firms (with up to 50 employees) will receive a 65% discount and micro firms (with 10 employers or fewer) will get a 95% discount.

While the standard charge for registering a substance of 1-10 tonnes, for example, will rise from €1,600 to €1,714, medium sized firms will pay €1,114, compared to the €1,120 they pay currently, and small firms will pay €600 rather than €640.

Similar increases in the discounted rates will also apply for charges for authorisations and appeals.

Antonio Tajani, the commissioner for industry and entrepreneurship, and Janez Potocnik, the environment commissioner, said, “By reducing fees for SMEs affected by the REACH legislation, the commission is directly responding to their concerns.

We are working together towards EU chemical legislation that protects health and the environment, as well helping European businesses to grow and to create jobs.”

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (Framework and Appointed Day for Strategic Plan) Order SSI 2013/97

This Order will come into force on 29 April 2013 and applies to Scotland only.
It is made in accordance with the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and it gives effect to the “Fire and Rescue Framework for Scotland 2013”.
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The Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012, through amendments to the…

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INDG463 – Control of exposure to silica dust

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