Archive for January, 2016

Regulation (EU) 60/2016 (OJ:L14/1/2016) amending Annexes 2 and 3 to Regulation (EC) 396/2005, as regards maximum residue levels for chlorpyrifos in or on certain products

This Regulation amends Annexes 2 and 3 of Regulation (EC) 369/2005, on maximum residue levels of pesticides in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin, as regards the maximum residue levels for chlorpyrifos in or on certain products.
Revocations and amendments
This Regulation amends:

Regulation (EC) 369/2005, on maximum residue…

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Firm sentenced for loss of workers hand

CP Plastics Limited, a Manchester waste plastic recycling firm, has been fined after an employee’s hand was severed in a granulator machine.

The 50-year-old employee, who has been deaf since birth, had been feeding a granulator machine with waste plastic when he reached inside the machine to pull through plastic which was slowing the machine. The plastic wrapped around his right hand and dragged it into the granulator blades.

As a result of the injury, the worker is no longer able to drive or work, and is finding it difficult to use sign language to communicate.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there was no safe system of work in place and that the company had failed to provide Employer’s Liability Compulsory Insurance (ELCI) at the time of the incident.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching both the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations SI 1998/2306 and the Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969.

The court ordered CP Plastics Limited to pay a fine of £1,500, an additional £1,500 towards prosecution costs, and £17,000 in compensation to the victim.

HSE Inspector, Emily Osborne, commented: “This incident could have easily been prevented if the company had suitable measures in place to ensure workers could not access the rotating cutters in the granulating machine. This would include ensuring guards were fitted correctly on the machine. The firm’s failures led to a worker suffering a severe and life changing injury. Every employer needs to ensure that they have Employers Liability Compulsory Insurance in place to ensure employees can claim compensation if they are injured or become ill as a result of their work. It is completely unacceptable to not have basic insurance in place, and, where such breaches are identified they will be pursued by HSE.”

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Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016 asp 2

This Act received Royal Assent on 14 January 2016 and applies to Scotland only.
It provides that when certain deaths occur, an inquiry must be held to establish the circumstances of death and to consider whether any steps must be taken to prevent other deaths in similar circumstances.
In particular, it applies…

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Regulation (EU) 1/2016 (OJ:L2/1/2016) amending Annexes 2 & 3 to Regulation (EC) 396/2005 as regards maximum residue levels for various substances 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, regarding the maximum residue levels for:

bifenazate;
boscalid;
cyazofamid;
cyromazine;
dazomet;
dithiocarbamates;
fluazifop-P;
mepanipyrim;
metrafenone;
picloram;
propamocarb;
pyridaben;
pyriofenone;
sulfoxaflor;
tebuconazole;
tebufenpyrad; and
thiram,

in or on certain products.
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Regulation (EC) 396/2005, on maximum residue levels of…

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Regulation (EU) 53/2016 (OJ:L13/12/2016) amending Annexes 2 & 3 to Regulation (EC) 396/2005 as regards maximum residue levels for diethofencarb, mesotrione, metosulam and pirimiphos-methyl 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 maximum residue levels for:

diethofencarb;
mesotrione;
metosulam; and
pirimiphos-methyl,

in or on certain products.
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Regulation (EC) 396/2005 establishes the need to make sure of a…

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Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) (Downloading of Data) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2016/2

These Regulations will come into force on 15 February 2016 and apply to Northern Ireland only.
They amend the Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 1996/145 to state that the maximum interval that data can be downloaded from a vehicle tacograph is 90 days, which is being…

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Regulation (EU) 26/2016 (OJ:L9/1/2016) amending Annex 17 to Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards nonylphenol ethoxylates

This Regulation amends Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), as regards nonylphenol ethoxylates.
The amendment to Annex 17 places a threshold on the concentration of nonylphenol ethoxylates allowed in certain articles and gives exceptions to that limit for some articles.
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Construction firms fined over electric shocks to workers

Ashley Coe, an agency worker on site for Pascon Limited, was part of a group of workers laying cables in a trench when he received an electric shock from an overhead power line. 

British Solar Renewables Limited (BSR) were working to install a solar farm on site at Knockworthy Farm where, despite the high risk of work being undertaken, they failed to install goal posts and signage to warn of the presence of overheard power lines in the area.

Pascon Limited were subcontracted onto the farm to install cables in the trench. However, as they failed to assess the risks of working under the overhead power lines, they were using an unsafe method of installing the cables. As a result, Mr Coe suffered an electric shock which resulted in a life changing brain injury leading to short term memory loss, reduced mobility, loss of independence, affected speech, and the inability to feel pain.

There were also two other workers who received shocks but escaped serous injury.

Principle Contractor BSR Limited, were charged with breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations SI 2007/320, received a £250,000 fine, and were ordered to pay full costs of £72,466.

Subcontractor Pacson Limited were fined £35,000 plus were ordered to pay a £25,000 contribution to costs after admitting a breach of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations SI 2007/320.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Inspector, James Lucas, has said: “This incident was entirely preventable and arose from clear failures to plan, manage and monitor the work and to ensure that the construction site was set up with appropriate measures to control the risks of working under overhead power lines…luckily Mr Coe was resuscitated, but he now suffers from life changing complications due to the electric shock he received. He was extremely close to losing his life and this is down to the failure of both construction companies involved in the work.”

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Regulation (EU) 26/2016 (OJ:L9/1/2016) amending Annex 17 to Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards nonylphenol ethoxylates

This Regulation amends Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), as regards nonylphenol ethoxylates.
The amendment to Annex 17 places a threshold on the concentration of nonylphenol ethoxylates allowed in certain articles and gives exceptions to that limit for some articles.
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School fined after experiment goes wrong

Bristol Cathedral Choir School has been fined a total of £26,000 and ordered to pay £12,176 in costs after a chemistry experiment went wrong, resulting in injuries to a chemistry lab technician.

A highly sensitive explosive was being prepared for use in a fireworks demonstration to a class. Unfortunately, something went wrong, and the lab technician lost the top joints of his left hand index, middle and ring fingers and ruptured his bowel. This led to a 12 day stay in hospital in total.

Bristol Magistrates' Court heard that the preparation of explosive substances had been carried out in the school many times since 2009. In addition, other explosives were being stored in the school's chemistry room.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) successfully prosecuted the school, saying that the incident could have been avoided if there were clear management arrangements in place to control and review the risks posed by the use of chemicals in teaching.

Bristol Cathedral Choir School admitted that it breached the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 by failing to ensure the health and safety of its employees and by failing to carry out its undertaking in a way that ensures its pupils were not exposed to risks.

HSE inspector Susan Chivers said, “Schools need to have clear health and safety arrangements in place for their staff and students. They should set up adequate control systems and ensure that these arrangements are clearly understood and adhered to. They should also follow recognised guidance provided by CLEAPSS (formerly known as the Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services) and similar organisations regarding the control of risks to health and safety in practical science work.”

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