Archive for November, 2013

Regulation (EU) 628/2013 (OJ:L179/46/2013) on working methods of the European Aviation Safety Agency for conducting standardisation inspections and for monitoring the application of Regulation (EC) 216/2008

This Regulation sets out the working methods for:

monitoring the application by competent authorities of the Member States of Regulation (EC) 216/2008, on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Aviation Safety Agency (“the Agency”), and its implementing rules in the fields covered by that Regulation;
conducting…

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Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011 (Commencement No. 1) Order SI 2013/2727

This Order comes fully into force on 1 January 2016 and applies to Wales only.
This is the first commencement order made under the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011. It brings section 1 of the Measure fully into force in two stages.
Section 1 comes into force on 30 April 2014…

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Merchant Shipping (Accident Reporting and Investigation) (Amendment) Regulations SI 2013/2882

These Regulations come into force on 31 December 2013 and apply to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
They amend the Merchant Shipping (Accident Reporting and Investigation) Regulations SI 2012/1743 to:

correct the definition of EMCIP so that “European Marine Information Casualty Platform” is replaced with “European Marine Casualty Information Platform”;
exclude the…

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Ice hotel construction frozen by lack of fire alarm

The world-famous Swedish Ice Hotel which melts every spring only to be rebuilt the following winter, was almost prevented from being constructed this year due to lack of a fire alarm system.

Planning permission for the frozen hotel, located 124 miles above the Arctic Circle, was going to be refused this time round unless fire alarms were installed on the premises, which are constructed completely of ice.

The owner, Beatrice Karlsson, was initially surprised as the entire hotel, including all furniture and appliances inside it, are built from ice from the nearby river. However a spokeswomen for the hotel said they understood how “there are things that can actually catch fire, like pillows, sleeping bags or reindeer skins”.

“To us the most important concern is the safety of our clients, so we will comply,” Beatrice Karlsson added.

But because the ice and snow is constantly shifting, putting in the alarms has proven to be a bit of a challenge.

“The environment is humid, and ice and snow move, so that had to be taken into account,” Ms Karlsson said. “It’s been a challenge for our building team, but it made us one experience richer”.

The hotel had a test period for the alarms with the local fire department last winter and all seemed to go well. Only one incident has occurred since their implementation, and that was a guest having a cigarette in a cleaning closet, the spokeswoman said.

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Directive 2013/51/EU (OJ:L296/12/2013) laying down requirements for the protection of the health of the general public with regard to radioactive substances in water intended for human consumption

This Directive sets out requirements for the protection of the health of the general public with regard to radioactive substances in water intended for human consumption. It sets out parametric values and frequencies and methods for monitoring radioactive substances.
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The ingestion of water is one of the pathways of incorporation…

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Public Bodies (Abolition of Victims’ Advisory Panel) Order SI 2013/2853

This Order came fully into force on 6 November 2013 and applies to England and Wales.
It abolishes the Victims’ Advisory Panel (“the VAP”), which was established by the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004.
As a consequence, this Order repeals the entry for the VAP in the Public Bodies Act…

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Domestic Fire Safety (Definition of Residence) (Wales) Order SI 2013/2723

This Order comes into force on 20 April 2014 and applies to Wales only.
It amends the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011 in order to add children's homes as a class of residential premises.
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The Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011 requires residences to be provided with an automatic fire…

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Regulation (EU) 1124/2013 (OJ:L299/347/2013) amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 540/2011 as regards the conditions of approval of the active substance bifenox

This Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 540/2011, which implements Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 as regards the list of approved active substances, in relation to the conditions of approval of the active substance bifenox.
It imposes further conditions on the use of bifenox as a result of new information on its possible environmental effects.
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Regulation (EU) 802/2013 (OJ:L225/13/2013) approving the active substance fluopyram, 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 fluopyram, 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.
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In accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, Directive 91/414/EEC is…

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Regulation (EU) 1136/2013 (OJ:L302/34/2013) amending Regulation (EU) 540/2011 as regards the extension of the approval periods of the active substances clothianidin, dimoxystrobin, oxamyl and pethoxamid

This Regulation amends Part A of the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011, which implements Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 as regards the list of approved active substances, in order to extend the approval periods of the active substances:

oxamyl, until 31 January 2018;
clothianidin, until 31 January 2018;
pethoxamid, until 31 January 2018;
dimoxystrobin, until 31…

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