Archive for October, 2013

Proposal COM(2013)715 for a Directive amending Directive 2009/71/EURATOM establishing a Community framework for the nuclear safety of nuclear installations

This Proposal is for a Directive which will amend Directive 2009/71/EURATOM, establishing a Community framework for the nuclear safety of nuclear installations.
The proposed amendments aim to enhance the regulatory framework for nuclear safety in the EU by:

strengthening the role and effective independence of the national regulatory authorities;
enhancing transparency on nuclear…

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Regulation (EU) 1004/2013 (OJ:L279/10/2013) amending Annexes 2 and 3 to Regulation (EC) 396/2005 as regards maximum residue levels for 8-hydroxyquinoline, cyproconazole, cyprodinil, fluopyram, nicotine, pendimethalin, penthiopyrad and trifloxystrobin 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 the maximum residue levels for:

8-hydroxyquinoline;
cyproconazole;
cyprodinil;
fluopyram;
nicotine;
pendimethalin;
penthiopyrad; and
trifloxystrobin,

in or on certain products.
Revocations and amendments
This Regulation amends:

Regulation (EC) 396/2005, on maximum residue levels…

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Omlet hatch plan!

We've all heard the “why did the chicken cross the road?” joke and its most popular answer “to get to the other side”. However, thanks to the Oxfordshire company Omlet, chickens can now not only cross the road, they can do so in the safest conditions possible.

Yes, the company has developed and launched a high-visibility jacket for chickens! The unusual item, which retails at £12 each and is available in bright yellow and pink, was designed in order to stop chicken owners from worrying about their wandering birds on dark winter evenings.

Omlet director, Johannes Paul said, “We had people inquiring about this kind of thing so decided to look into it. Most people who have chickens as pets will have them out and about and we do hear about chickens who do cross the road.”

Early reports suggest the unique item could well be quite popular, as the company sold 200 in ten days!

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Almost half of construction sites fall below required standards

As part of the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) nationwide campaign, “Safer Sites”, which aims to increase standards in the construction industry, HSE inspectors visited 2,607 sites during September where refurbishment or repair work was taking place.

However, the unannounced inspections found that basic safety standards were not being met on 1,105 sites, with practices so poor on 644 sites that enforcement action was necessary. In addition, 539 prohibition notices were served ordering dangerous activities to stop immediately and 414 improvement notices were issued requiring standards to improve.

The most common problems identified included failing to protect workers during activities at height, exposure to harmful dust and inadequate welfare facilities.

Heather Bryant, HSE’s Chief Inspector of Construction said, “It is disappointing to find a significant number of sites falling below acceptable health and safety standards, where our inspectors encountered poor practice this often went hand in hand with a lack of understanding.”

She continued, “Through initiatives like this we are able to tackle underlying issues before they become established and we will continue to work with the industry in an effort to drive up standards. However those who recklessly endanger the health and lives of their workforce can expect to face tough consequences.”

For more information, see the:

  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations SI 2007/320;
  • L144 – Managing health and safety in construction.
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Hard times for workers in bleak house

A construction firm has been fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,000 after it was found the firm failed to provide toilets and running water for subcontractors working on their site.

The Grade 2 listed building in Preston was being refurbished by Altrincham-based RNT Developments and Construction Ltd in early 2013, but after bringing in roofers, damp treatment experts, electricians, joiners and plasterers to work on the building, they failed to provide basic facilities for the workers.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was alerted to the issue after an inspector spotted the failure during a visit as part of the construction site inspection initiative earlier this year.

Preston Magistrates' Court heard how subcontractors had to use wet wipes and paper towels to clean themselves after removing rotten timbers and floor boards, and that the subcontractors had to leave the site to find toilets elsewhere in the city.

Magistrates were told that the three-storey building had been empty for two years before the work started and the water supply had been turned off, which meant the existing toilets could not be used. The temperature inside the building was also bitterly cold.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Stuart Kitchingman said, “It would have been easy for RNT to reinstate the existing welfare facilities in the building, but instead the firm allowed work to be carried out in grimy and dusty conditions for nearly seven weeks without access to the most basic facilities. It’s totally unacceptable in the twenty-first century to find Dickensian-like conditions. In fact, it’s a legal requirement that workers aren’t treated in this way.”

The working conditions were archaic – more like they would have been when the building was first erected in Victorian times – and will no longer be tolerated in the 21st Century. RNT should have made sure there were welfare facilities on the site before it allowed the refurbishment project to start. Instead, workers had to face needlessly unpleasant conditions over several weeks.”

RNT Developments and Construction Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to providing welfare facilities for its workers under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations SI 2007/320.

For more information, see:

  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2007/291.
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Business leaders urge a cut down on EU red tape

A taskforce put together by Prime Minister David Cameron has produced a report which says cutting down on EU red tape could save UK firms billions of pounds.

The taskforce, comprising of six business leaders including Marks & Spencer chief executive Marc Bolland and former Diageo chief executive Paul Walsh, said relaxing the rules on health and safety compliance alone may save £2bn.

As a result of the recommendations in the report, David Cameron has said he will take the fight on red tape to the EU.

The major recommendations in the report include proposals to:

  • scrap the requirement for all SMEs (small and medium enterprises), irrespective of their business, to keep written health and safety assessments;
  • abandon plans to force sole traders to pay fees to register to collect and transport waste even in small and harmless quantities;
  • streamline “costly and complex” chemicals legislation;
  • fast-track plans for a cap on fees for payment by credit card, online and mobile phone.

The Prime Minister said, “This report makes clear that there are lots of simple and practical ways to cut EU red tape and save businesses across Europe tens of billions of euros. We must now persuade our European partners and the European Commission to listen to business and to move faster to reform the way Europe regulates.”

He has also written to other EU leaders to urge them to commit to “concrete measures” to reduce superfluous regulation when they gather in Brussels next week. “I will be calling for a clear commitment to sweep away unnecessary burdens and to unleash private sector growth,” Mr Cameron said.

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Directive 2013/30/EU (OJ:L178/66/2013) on safety of offshore oil and gas operations

This Directive is on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations.
It establishes minimum requirements for preventing major accidents in offshore oil and gas operations and limiting the consequences of such accidents.
These are detailed provisions and are divided into the following Chapters:

CHAPTER 2:

PREVENTION OF MAJOR ACCIDENTS RELATING TO OFFSHORE OIL…

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Forklift skip tip

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted Midland Steel Reinforcement Supplies Limited after a forklift truck overturned in a rather risky attempt to empty a skip.

A worker, which, as the HSE later found out, was untrained and unsupervised, was asked to empty bins. However, the worker thought this included small skips which contained offcuts of the reinforced steel bars that the firm supplies to the construction industry. They used a forklift truck to lift and move one of the skips to a large waste container before using the forks of the forklift to tip the skip, emptying its contents into the container.

However, the worker then went into the waste container so that they could attach a sling to the empty skip so that it could be pulled out of the container by the forklift. When trying to remove the skip, the forklift overturned. Luckily, the worker was not injured and was able to crawl out of a small gap left between the cab of the forklift and the floor.

Westminster Magistrates' Court heard that a safer method was available to empty the waste steel bars in the form of tipper skips, which were in use on other parts of the site.

HSE inspector Maria Strangward said, “The forklift truck should have never have been used to lift and manoeuvre the skip in this way. It was a system and method of work that posed clear risk, and the worker is extremely fortunate to avoid being seriously injured – possibly even killed had the forklift struck and crushed him as it overturned. The onus is on employers like Midland Steel Reinforcement Supplies to ensure operations are properly planned, managed and supervised, and that adequate training, instruction and equipment is provided at all times to protect workers.”

As a result of the prosecution, Midland Steel Reinforcement Supplies Limited were fined £17,500 and ordered to pay £11,000 in costs after pleading guilty to two breaches of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations SI 1998/2306.

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Proposal COM(2013)611 for a Regulation amending Regulation (EC) 91/2003, on rail transport statistics, as regards the collection of data on goods, passengers and accidents

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Regulation (EU) 955/2013 (OJ:L263/7/2013) to approve propiconazole as an existing active substance for use in biocidal products for product-type 9

This Regulation is made in accordance with Regulation (EU) 528/2012, on the making available on the market and use of biocidal products, and approves propiconazole as an existing active substance for use in biocidal products for product-type 9.
However, this approval is subject to certain specifications and conditions as set out…

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