Archive for July, 2013

Pensioner’s milkshake banned from the yard

It's been a bad few weeks for McDonald's in terms of health and safety. Following their refusal to serve a woman on horseback at their drive-thru in Greater Manchester, a Portsmouth pensioner has now been banned from taking her mobility scooter through a drive-thru in Bedhampton.

Mrs Legg, who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is partial to a strawberry milkshake, so popped to the fast food giant on her way back from Asda. She was served, but told she wouldn't be again because of health and safety. She commented, “It wasn't causing a problem was it? I just don’t understand. It's discrimination. I don't want to sue anyone and I don't want free strawberry milkshake for the rest of my life – I just think it should be brought to people’s attention.”

She continued, “Health and safety was never created for this sort of ridiculousness – it was to protect people who were working in industry and with machinery.”

A spokeswoman for McDonald's said, “Our drive-through lanes are custom built for motor cars, vans and trucks. In line with this policy we do not to serve pedestrians or bicycle riders (or people on horses) at the drive-thru window, for everyone's safety. Customers on mobility scooters cannot be served through the drive-thru lane but are welcome to bring their mobility scooter into the restaurant where possible.”

Mrs Legg's stance has been praised by Health and Safety Executive Chair Judith Hackitt. “I salute Kate Legg for challenging officials who cited health and safety as a reason why she couldn't use her mobility scooter at a McDonald's drive-thru. As she points out so eloquently, health and safety regulations are there to ensure workers come home to their loved ones, safe and well, after their day's work – and have nothing to do with this matter. Everyone should follow Kate Legg's lead. Don't accept this nonsense.”

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INDG467 – Dangerous Substances (Notification and Marking of Sites) Regulations 1990

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Goods Vehicles (Community Licence) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2013/115

These Regulations came into force on 27 May 2013 and apply to Northern Ireland only.
They give effect to aspects of Regulation (EC) 1072/2009, on common rules for access to the international road haulage market, which makes provision for a Community licence allowing goods vehicles access to the market in the carriage…

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Consultation for new substances in the Authorisation List

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) is seeking comments on its recommendation of six new substances to be included in the Authorisation List.

They are: 

  • N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF);
  • diazene-1,2-dicarboxamide (C,C'-azodi(formamide)) (ADCA);
  • aluminosilicate Refractory Ceramic Fibres (Al-RCF);
  • zirconia Aluminosilicate Refractory Ceramic Fibres (Zr-RCF);
  • bis(pentabromophenyl) ether (decabromodiphenyl ether) (DecaBDE);
  • 4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenol, ethoxylated (4-tert-Octylphenol ethoxylates) (4-tert-OPnEO).

The consultation is now open and will end on 23 September 2013.

For more information see:

  • Regulation (EC) 1907/2006, on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH);
  • http://cedr.ec/yg, for further details on the recommendations and how to comment.
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Six new SVHCs added to candidate list

The European Chemical Agency's (ECHA) Member State Committee has reached agreement on the identification of six substances as substances of very high concern (SVHCs).

These six substances have been added to the Candidate List for authorisation as of 20 June 2013. They are:

  • cadmium;
  • cadmium oxide;
  • ammonium pentadecafluorooctanoate (APFO);
  • pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (PFOA);
  • dipentyl phthalate (DPP);
  • 4-Nonylphenol, branched and linear, ethoxylated.

For more information see:

  • Regulation (EC) 1907/2006, on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH);
  • http://cedr.ec/yf, for further details on the substances and their properties.
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Hi-no, silver!

A rather unusual incident at a McDonalds restaurant in Greater Manchester saw a woman on horseback turned away from their drive-thru kiosk as they are unable to serve customers on horseback for health and safety reasons.

The woman then led the animal inside the restaurant where it reportedly defecated on the floor.

A spokesperson for McDonalds said, “On 20th July a woman allowed her pony to enter our restaurant in Whitefield after being refused service in the drive-thru lane. The incident caused distress to customers and disruption for the restaurant and the police issued the woman with a fixed penalty notice”.

They added, “The health and safety of our customers and staff is our top priority and for this reason we are unable to serve pedestrians, bicycle riders or customers on horseback through the drive-thru.”

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Draft Working Time (Amendment) Regulations 2013

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Construction dust

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Regulation (EU) 668/2013 (OJ:L192/39/2013) amending Annexes 2 and 3 to Regulation (EC) 396/2005 as regards maximum residue levels for 2,4-DB, dimethomorph, indoxacarb, and pyraclostrobin in or on certain products

This Regulation amends Annexes 2 and 3 to Regulation (EC) 396/2005, on maximum residue levels of pesticides in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin, as regards maximum residue levels for:

2,4-DB;
dimethomorph;
indoxacarb; and
pyraclostrobin,

in or on certain products.
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Directive 2013/41/EU (OJ:L196/18/2013) amending Directive 98/8/EC to include 1R-trans phenothrin as an active substance in Annex 1

This Directive amends Directive 98/8/EC, on the placing of biocidal products on the market. in order to include 1R- trans phenothrin as an active substance in Annex 1 of that Directive.

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