Archive for February, 2014

Regulation (EU) 149/2014 (OJ:L46/3/2014) approving the active substance L-ascorbic acid, 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 L-ascorbic acid, 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 the list of approved active substances.
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Regulation (EU) 144/2014 (OJ:L45/7/2014) approving the active substance valifenalate, 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 valifenalate, 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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Regulation (EU) 145/2014 (OJ:L45/12/2014) approving the active substance thiencarbazone, 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 thiencarbazone, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, on the placing of plant protection products on the market.
In doing so, it it amends the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011, which contains the list of approved active substances.
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Regulation (EU) 143/2014 (OJ:L45/1/2014) approving the active substance pyridalyl, 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 pyridalyl, 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 the list of approved active substances.
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COMAH: Under-prepared businesses should act now over fuel re-categorisation

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New legislation for the control of major accident hazards involving dangerous substances (Seveso III) will come into force from the start of June 2015. But a proposed HSE amendment to this could have consequences which organisations need to be aware of and prepare for now, according to specialists in health & safety legislation Cedrec.

 

The decision to implement changes has been driven by the EU which wants to see improvements in the control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances.

 

When Seveso III comes next year it will see a new system of dangerous substances classification come into force to “strengthen the provisions relating to public access to safety information, participation in decision-making and access to justice, and improve the way information is collected, managed, made available and shared”.

 

This should tighten up a number of areas that have hitherto been somewhat lax or open to interpretation, improving public access to information and standards of inspection and will continue to ensure a high level of protection to human health and the environment from major accidents involving dangerous substances.

 

The Seveso III Directive will be implemented through new Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations and planning legislation which comes under the responsibility of the Department for Communities and Local Government and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales.

 

Whole swathes of UK industry will be affected by the incoming Directive: military installations and storage facilities, transport and logistics, those with responsibility for the transportation of dangerous substances in pipelines, operators of mines and quarries, waste landfill site operators and offshore installations.

 

However while there has been a significant amount of “noise” concerning the Directive itself, auditor and director at Cedrec, Gareth Billinghurst, is concerned that many of those responsible for health and safety within their organisations are under-prepared for, or simply unaware of a proposed alteration to re-categorise heavy fuels (HFO) as “petroleum products” from 20 February 2014 – and the implications this will bring.

 

The move proposed by the HSE will have the effect of changing HFO categorisation from its current status of “dangerous for the environment” to “petroleum products”, thereby increasing significantly the qualifying threshold inventories before the requirements of COMAH, and Planning Hazardous Substances, become applicable.

 

In the UK, it is still unclear what this will actually mean for the next generation of COMAH and an industry-wide consultation has been completed to find out whether the amendment explains what businesses need to do and the costs and benefits of the proposed changes.

According to Gareth Billinghurst, an additional concern with such re-categorisation is that many organisations could come within the requirements of the Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

“REACH is now well underway, as substances are evaluated and tested. The result of this could mean the chemicals you use and produce are re-classified as a higher risk or even restricted. You could then fall into a different tier under COMAH (lower or higher) and have different requirements.

“There is still uncertainty surrounding the new Directive, with the results of the consultation over the HSE’s proposed amendments not due until the summer,” said Gareth Billinghurst.

“But what is clear is that change is coming and attempting to navigate through any change will be difficult even for those with responsibility for compliance, facilities management and health and safety

“Organisations need to have COMAH on their long distance radar and start to prepare themselves now for the new legislative landscape.”

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Regulation (EU) 108/2014 (OJ:L36/9/2014) on the non-approval of the active substance potassium thiocyanate, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market

This Regulation concerns the non-approval of the active substance potassium thiocyanate, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, on the placing of plant protection products on the market.
Non-approval of active substance
The active substance potassium thiocyanate is not approved.Transitional measures
Member States must withdraw existing authorisations for plant protection products containing potassium thiocyanate…

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Regulation (EU) 116/2014 (OJ:L38/26/2014) on the non-approval of the active substance potassium iodide, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market

This Regulation concerns the non-approval of the active substance potassium iodide, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, on the placing of plant protection products on the market.
Non-approval of active substance
The active substance potassium iodide is not approved.
Transitional measures
Member States must withdraw existing authorisations for plant protection products containing potassium iodide…

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Decision 2013/795/EU (OJ:L349/107/2014) on a notification by the UK of measures to adopt in accordance with Directive 2009/45/EC on safety rules and standards for passenger ships

This Decision addresses a notification by the UK of measures it intends to adopt in relation to safety rules and standards for passenger ships.
The UK is required not to adopt its intended exemption to the requirement “Provision of spare liferafts” of Directive 2009/45/EC, on safety rules and standards for passenger…

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Decision 2014/69/EU (OJ:L39/60/2014) authorising Sweden and the UK to derogate from certain common aviation safety rules pursuant to Regulation (EC) 216/2008

This Decision authorises the Governments of Sweden and the UK to grant approvals derogating from certain common aviation safety rules under Regulation (EC) 216/2008, on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Aviation Safety Agency.
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HSE offers free forestry event

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Forestry Commission have teamed up to offer a free health and safety awareness day in Staffordshire on 18 March 2014. The event aims to raise awareness of important health and safety issues in the forestry industry.

Trainers with experience in forestry will be offering advice in relation to the use of forestry machinery and forestry chainsaw work, directional felling including the use of hydraulic wedges and bottle jacks, hand-arm and whole body vibration, and public access issues. The scenarios, demonstrations and discussions at the event are based on situations that have led to serious incidents in the past.

As forestry remains one of Britain's most dangerous occupations, this event is a must for those in the profession.

HSE inspector Iain Sutherland said, “On the day, the focus will be on the higher risk activities that are responsible for the majority of serious injuries that people suffer in the forests, injuries that just keep happening time and time again only to different people in different locations. The Forestry Commission trainers will be demonstrating the sensible and practical precautions that should be taken and that can make a significant difference to people’s safety.

People will also be encouraged to challenge unsafe practices when they come across them, irrespective of who’s involved. Everyone in forestry has a part to play in making the industry a safer place to work and refusing to accept dangerous ways of working will help to improve the industry’s record and ensure that more people get through their working days without injury.”

Two identical sessions will take place – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Places at each event are limited, so for further information or to book a place email treework.shads@hse.gsi.gov.uk by 7 March 2014.

For more information, see:

  • INDG294 – Managing health and safety in forestry.
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