Archive for April, 2014

Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations SI 2014/880

These Regulations came into force on 6 April 2014 and apply to England and Wales.
They amend the Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations SI 2012/3118 to:

set revised fees for entering documents onto the register which the Secretary of State is required to maintain under those Regulations;
allow the keeper of the register…

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Control of Major Accident Hazards (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SI 2014/74

These Regulations came into force on 7 April 2014 and apply to Northern Ireland only.
They amend the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2000/93 in order to add heavy fuel oil to the dangerous substance “petroleum products” as listed in Schedule 1 to those Regulations.
This amendment is…

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L148 – Safety in docks

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New ACOP for safety of dock workers

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Port Skills and Safety and Unite have produced a new, simpler Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for the docks industry.

L148 – Safety in Docks replaces the existing Approved Code of Practice (COP25) which has been withdrawn as part of the revocation of the Docks Regulations SI 1988/1655.

The ACOP is more concise and will help dutyholders understand what they need to do to comply with the general duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and other relevant regulations. Topics covered include workplace transport, falls from height and lifting operations. It has been developed to address both the larger end of the industry as well as those engaged in dock work in smaller locations (e.g. small harbours, quays, etc).

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Consultation on the proposal for new Regulations on health and safety in mines – CD267

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Consultation on new mines legislation

A consultation has been published which seeks views on Health and Safety Executive (HSE) proposals to introduce new Regulations covering health and safety in mines. These would replace all existing mines legislation and include specific duties on mine operators to manage major hazards inherent to mining.

This legislation includes the:

  • Mines and Quarries Act 1954;
  • Coal and Other Mines (Fire and Rescue) Order SI 1956/1768;
  • Coal and Other Mines (General Duties and Conduct) Order SI 1956/1761;
  • Coal and Other Mines (Locomotives) Order SI 1956/1771;
  • Coal and Other Mines (Safety-Lamps and Lighting) Order SI 1956/1765;
  • Coal and Other Mines (Sanitary Conveniences) Order SI 1956/1776;
  • Coal and Other Mines (Sidings) Order SI 1956/1773;
  • Coal and Other Mines (Ventilation) Order SI 1956/1764;
  • Coal Mines (Cardox and Hydrox) Regulations SI 1956/1942;
  • Coal Mines (Precautions against Inflammable Dust) Order SI 1956/1769;
  • Mines (Manner of Search for Smoking Materials) Order SI 1956/2016;
  • Miscellaneous Mines Order SI 1956/1778;
  • Stratified Ironstone, Shale and Fireclay Mines (Explosives) Regulations SI 1956/1943;
  • Coal Mines (Clearances in Transport Roads) Regulations SI 1959/1217;
  • Miscellaneous Mines (Explosives) Regulations SI 1959/2258;
  • Coal and Other Mines (Shafts, Outlets and Roads) Regulations SI 1960/69;
  • Coal and Other Mines (Ventilation) (Variation) Regulations SI 1960/1116;
  • Coal Mines (Firedamp Drainage) Regulations SI 1960/1015;
  • Coal Mines (Precautions against Inflammable Dust) (Variation) Regulations SI 1960/1738;
  • Meadow Bank Mine (Explosives) Special Regulations SI 1963/815;
  • Mines (Medical Examinations) Regulations SI 1964/209;
  • Coal and Other Mines (Ventilation) (Variation) Regulations SI 1966/1139;
  • Coal and Other Mines (Shafts, Outlets and Roads) (Amendment) Regulations SI 1968/1037;
  • Mines and Quarries (Tipping Plans) Rules SI 1971/1378;
  • Mines and Quarries (Tips) Regulations SI 1971/1377;
  • Boulby Mine (Storage Battery Locomotives) Special Regulations SI 1972/472;
  • Winsford (Formerly Meadow Bank) Mine (Explosives) (Amendment) Special Regulations SI 1974/2223;
  • Coal Mines (Precautions Against Inflammable Dust) (Second Amendment) Regulations SI 1974/2124;
  • Mines and Quarries Acts 1954 to 1971 (Repeals and Modifications) Regulations SI 1974/2013;
  • Mines and Quarries Acts 1954 to 1971 (Repeals and Modifications) Regulations SI 1975/1102;
  • Mines and Quarries (Metrication) Regulations SI 1976/2063;
  • Coal Mines (Precautions against Inflammable Dust) Amendment Regulations SI 1977/913;
  • Coal and Other Mines (Metrication) Regulations SI 1978/1648;
  • Daw Mill Mine (Refuge Holes) Regulations SI 1978/1815;
  • Mines (Precautions against Inrushes) Regulations SI 1979/318;
  • Coal and Other Mines (Fire and Rescue) (Amendment) Regulations SI 1980/942;
  • Miscellaneous Mines (Metrication) Regulations SI 1983/994;
  • Mines (Safety of Exit) Regulations SI 1988/1729;
  • Coal and Other Safety-Lamp Mines (Explosives) Regulations SI 1993/208;
  • Coal Mines (Owner’s Operating Rules) Regulations SI 1993/2331;
  • Management and Administration of Safety and Health at Mines Regulations SI 1993/1897;
  • Mines (Shafts and Winding) Regulations SI 1993/302;
  • Escape and Rescue from Mines Regulations SI 1995/2870;
  • Mines Miscellaneous Health and Safety Provisions Regulations SI 1995/2005;
  • Mines (Control of Ground Movement) Regulations SI 1999/2463;
  • Coal Mines (Control of Inhalable Dust) Regulations SI 2007/1894.

As part of the proposal, the following Approved Codes of Practice supporting existing law will be replaced by a single new guidance document:

  • COP 28 – Safety of exit from mines underground workings. Mines (Safety of Exit) Regulations;
  • L42 – Shafts and Winding in Mines. Mines (Shafts and Winding) Regulations;
  • L44 – The management and administration of safety and health at mines. Management and Administration of Safety and Health at mines Regulations;
  • L45 – Explosives at coal and other safety-lamp mines. Coal and Other Safety-Lamp Mines (Explosives) Regulations;
  • L46 – Prevention of inrushes at mines. Mines (Precautions Against Inrushes) Regulations;
  • L71 – Escape and rescue from mines. Escape and Rescue from Mines Regulations;
  • L119 – The control of ground movement in mines. The Mines (Control of Ground Movement) Regulations;
  • L145 – Control of inhalable dust in mines. The Coal Mines (Control of Inhalable Dust) Regulations;
  • L128 – The use of electricity in mines. Electricity at Work Regulations;
  • L43 – First aid at mines. Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations.

This review is one of the sector specific consolidations recommended by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in his report, “Reclaiming health and safety for all – An independent review of health and safety legislation”.

This consultation began on 7 April and any responses must be made by 1 June 2014.

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Proposal COM(2014)186 for a Regulation on personal protective equipment

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BIS seventh statement of new regulation

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published their “Seventh statement of new regulation“.

A statement of new regulation is released every six months, which lists the new domestic legislation that BIS intend to introduce in that six month period that falls in scope of the “one-in, two-out” rule.

The Government has committed to cut the overall burden of red tape. One of the ways this is implemented is through the “one-in, two-out” rule, which means any new legislation imposing costs on business is being off-set by deregulation of an equivalent amount.

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Review of PUWER ACOPs

A Consultation began on 31 March, which sets out proposals from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to amend the approved codes of practice (ACOP) on the:

This is a light-touch review of the PUWER ACOPs with the aim of removing time-limited material and, where appropriate, simplifying the text.

Any responses must be made by 23 May, when the consultation closes.

For more information, see the:

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BIS seventh statement of new regulation: regulations covering January to June 2014

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