Archive for November, 2013

Environmental legislation under the microscope at EcoCampus Cedrec workshop

Expert advice on how the latest environmental legislation affects universities and further education colleges will be available from Cedrec at the forthcoming EcoCampus legislation update (10 December) at Nottingham Trent University.

Cedrec is EcoCampus’ exclusive partner and will be advising environmental, compliance and facilities managers and others from across the UK with responsibility for achieving and maintaining certification to ISO 14001 and similar environmental management systems, such as EcoCampus on the latest legislation and developments.

This will include a review of current legislation from the UK and Europe along with guidance on how to ensure compliance in relation to ISO14001 and EcoCampus requirements.

Cedrec’s auditor and director Gareth Billinghurst will lead the event. He said: “Trying to work out which legislation applies to you is hard work. So a key area of discussion will be how to prepare an environmental register of legislation.

“Environmental legislation is being revised and updated constantly, so it’s important that those responsible understand the risks involved and have the facts to hand.

“The forthcoming EcoCampus update is an important CPD event for those who want to find out more about the very latest legislative thinking and understand the implications for their own facilities and sites if the law is broken.”

Cedrec specialises in providing public and private sector organisations with help and advice in understanding, interpretating and complying with environmental and health and safety legislation and regulations. The company offers a range of specialist consultancy and subscriptions services.

EcoCampus is the leading national Environmental Management System (EMS) and award scheme for the higher and further education sectors, enabling universities and colleges to systematically identify, evaluate, manage and improve their environmental performance and practices.

It was launched by HEFCE in 2005 and has since attracted approximately 28% of the sector, including 33% of the Russell Group, which represents 24 leading UK universities. University of Brighton, Nottingham Trent University, University of Bradford, University of Worcester, and Manchester Metropolitan University (five of the top ten institutions in the 2013 Green League) are participants in the EcoCampus scheme.

More about the EcoCampus scheme can be found at ecocampus.co.uk or by contacting the EcoCampus team at Nottingham Trent University on 0115 848 3019.

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REACH Enforcement (Amendment) Regulations SI 2013/2919

These Regulations come into force on 16 December 2013 and apply to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
They amend the REACH Enforcement Regulations SI 2008/2852, which provide for the enforcement in the UK of Regulation (EC) 1907/2006, on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), by:

inserting an updated…

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HSG274 – Legionnaires’ disease

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Sports club charged with corporate manslaughter after speedboat tragedy

A sports club has been charged with corporate manslaughter and fined more than £130,000 after it pleaded guilty to a number of health and safety failings which led to the death of a young girl.

The judge at Southwark Crown Court fined Princes Sporting Club Limited, which ran the now defunct Princes Club Water Sports Park, “every penny it has” after bosses admitted the corporate manslaughter of 11 year-old Mari-Simon Cronje when she was flung from a banana boat.

Mari-Simon, from London, fell from the speed boat at a friend's birthday party, but because there was no observer on board, the driver didn't realise she had fallen into the water and ran her over, causing severe injuries.

Parents of some of the children were watching from the lakeside and attempted to leap into the water after failing to get the driver's attention. Paramedics arrived soon after but despite extensive attempts to revive her, Mari-Simon did not regain consciousness.

A report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch said the use of safety procedures was “flawed at every level” at the water park. It added the helmet Mari-Simon had been issued with was a grey colour that was difficult to see in the lake water.

Summing up, Judge Alistair McCreath said, “The first thing that obviously must be said in this very unhappy case is a word of sympathy and a word of acknowledgement of the dreadful grief and terrible loss suffered by those who loved Mari-Simon. And of them there were plenty.”

He said that if the company was still solvent he would have slapped it with a bigger fine that would have led to its closure. The judge also criticised the Bedfont-based company for not having a spotter on board, saying it was “absolutely obvious” one was needed, and that the case was a particularly serious example of corporate manslaughter.

The club's director Mr Walker also denied a charge of neglect by a director, which accuses him of responsibility for the alleged health and safety failures which led to Mari-Simon's death. No action was taken by the prosecution and a not guilty verdict was issued by the judge.

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Building (Amendment No. 2) (Wales) Regulations SI 2013/2621

These Regulations came into force on 14 November 2013 and apply to Wales only.
However, due to the devolution process, these Regulations apply to all buildings in Wales except for excepted energy buildings.
They amend the Building Regulations SI 2010/2214 by replacing the Full Text of Schedule 3 to those Regulations, which…

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London tops “elf and safety” charts

New analysis has revealed that more people in London and the South East have reported ill-founded health and safety excuses than anywhere else in the UK.

The Health and Safety Executive has looked at the national spread of all reports to the “Myth Busters Challenge Panel” – which was designed to clamp down on bogus health and safety excuses. The results show that more people report that they're told “sorry, can't do that because of elf and safety” in the capital and the South East than anywhere else – with more than 50 cases reported over the last year.

Yorkshire was also revealed to have the second worst reporting rate for absurd complaints, with 22 and Wales and the Scottish Highlands received the least number of elf and safety gripes.

Minister for Health and Safety Mike Penning said, “Health and Safety regulations save lives – but bogus excuses do nothing more than throw a spanner in the works of otherwise sensible activity. No doubt the figures will raise an interesting debate about whether they reveal the extent of over-zealousness or show that people have had enough and are no longer prepared to put up with nonsense excuses. Either way, it's good to see so many people on the side of restoring common sense.”

Some of the best excuses in London included:

  • cleaners at underground stations being banned from wearing woolly hats in winter; 
  • a well-known department store which refused to serve fried eggs in a “full English breakfast” for fear of a pan fire; and 
  • a British airline flying out of Heathrow who refused to serve boiled sweets to passengers suffering ear-ache.

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Regulation (EU) 1138/2013 (OJ:L307/1/2013) amending Annexes 2, 3 and 5 to Regulation (EC) 396/2005 as regards maximum residue levels for bitertanol, chlorfenvinphos, dodine and vinclozolin in or on certain products

This Regulation amends Annexes 2, 3 and 5 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:

bitertanol;
chlorfenvinphos;
dodine; and
vinclozolin,

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

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

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Regulation (EU) 1165/2013 (OJ:L309/17/2013) approving the active substance orange oil, 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 orange oil, 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.
Legislative background
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Regulation (EU) 1166/2013 (OJ:L309/22/2013) amending Regulation (EU) 540/2011 as regards the conditions of approval of the active substance dichlorprop-P

This Regulation amends the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011, implementing Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 as regards the list of approved active substances, in relation to the conditions of approval of the active substance dichlorprop-P.
Legislative background
The active substance dichlorprop-P was included in Annex 1 to Directive 91/414/EEC, on the placing of plant…

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Regulation (EU) 1150/2013 (OJ:L305/13/2013) amending Regulation (EU) 540/2011 as regards the conditions of approval of the active substance rape seed oil

This Regulation amends the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011, implementing Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 as regards the list of approved active substances, in relation to the conditions of approval of the active substance rape seed oil.
Legislative background
The active substance rape seed oil was included in Annex 1 to Directive 91/414/EEC, on…

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