Archive for October, 2017

Railway Closures (Exclusion) (Scotland) Order SSI 2017/280

This Order came into force 17 October 2017 and applies to Scotland only.
The Railways Act 2005 provides for a closure procedure where there is a proposal by a funding authority to close a station and enables the exclusion of stations from that procedure. This Order excludes the station at Forres,…

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Railway Closures (Exclusion) (Scotland) Order SSI 2017/280

This Order came into force 17 October 2017 and applies to Scotland only.
The Railways Act 2005 provides for a closure procedure where there is a proposal by a funding authority to close a station and enables the exclusion of stations from that procedure. This Order excludes the station at Forres,…

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CD285 – Consultation on proposals to amend the Control of Asbestos Regulations

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CD285 – Consultation on proposals to amend the Control of Asbestos Regulations

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DVSA to fine tired drivers

Traffic examiners and police officers will soon start issuing fines of up to £300 for a single offence to bus and lorry drivers who have not rested properly, and consider rest patterns in the past 28 days.

Currently, the agency can only issue on the spot fines of up to £300 for the offences committed on that day, or for manipulating tachograph readings.

From 1 November 2017, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will introduce new fines and powers to officers to curb the amount driving hour offences among professional drivers. Lorry, bus and coach drivers must take a 45-hour rest break every fortnight, but the DVSA said that too many drivers spend their breaks in cabs, which may not allow them to rest properly.

Fines will also apply to drivers that are from outside the UK, and if they committed such offence, they will be immobilised and required to pay any fees before they will be allowed to continue their journey. It will not matter if the offence was committed in Britain or elsewhere.

The DVSA also said that it will soon have powers to fine bus and lorry drivers for any driving hours offences they have committed in the last 28 days.

DVSA chief executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said: “These tougher fines will help us to take stronger action against any drivers or operators who break drivers' hours rules and will help make our roads safer”.

“There's no excuse for driving while tired. The results of falling asleep at the wheel of 44-tonne lorry can be devastating to families and communities. Any driver breaking these rules is putting other road users at risk and could face losing their license and livelihood.”

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HSE consults on asbestos medicals

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have launched a month long consultation on proposals to reduce the frequency of statutory health checks for workers who carry out licensed work with asbestos. The aim is to change from every two years, to every three.

They are seeking views on plans to amend the Control of Asbestos Regulations SI 2012/632 to align the periods between medical examinations for those employees involved in licensed and notifiable non-licensed work. It's a change that will implement one of the findings of the HSE’s post implementation review (PIR) of the Regulations published in March this year.

The PIR report involved a consultation exercise and survey on the impact of the Regulations, and essentially concluded that they remain fit for purpose. However, they did include a small number of recommendations, one of which was the idea of aligning the two types of medical checks at three year intervals. They argued that the Regulations current requirements went beyond those in Directive 2009/148/EC, which the Regulations implement into UK law.

According to the consultation, the proposal to change the frequency of medical examinations “streamlines the medical surveillance requirements of the legislation but does not represent a reduction in worker protection”. If the responses to the consultation are for the changes, the HSE board and the Government will then need to approve the proposals put forward by the HSE. It will also be necessary to amend the ACoP L143, Managing and working with asbestos.

The consultation began on 2 October 2017 and ends on 30 October 2017.

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March 2018 planned for ISO 45001

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has confirmed that a third and final vote on the revised draft standard ISO 45001 on occupational health and safety will take place, before the finished version is published by the end of March 2018.

The announcement came after a week long meeting of the project committee working group, who are overseeing the replacement of OSHAS 18001, with ISO 45001, in Malaysia between 18 and 23 September. Their task was to consider comments on the second draft, which amounted to some 1630.

The working group submitted the revised text to the wider project committee for a decision on whether to proceed straight to publication, or opt for a vote on a final draft. ISO's central secretariat have now opted for the latter, suggesting the text will be sufficiently changed to warrant further consultation.

Speaking at a press conference in Malaysia following the meeting, ISO technical programme manager José Alcorta, said that the committee hoped to publish the completed standard by March 2018. “If we are successful in getting the final draft out and the votes are positive for the final draft, then it will be published in the first quarter of next year”.

In the meantime, the British Standards Institute (BSI) is consulting on draft guidance that will help to explain how to implement the new ISO 45001 standard. They are asking for comments on how BS 45002, on Occupational health and safety management systems – General guidelines for the application of ISO 45001 could be improved.

This consultation will close on 10 October 2017.

Fancy a ISO 45001 Roadshow?

It's almost like we planned it perfectly.

In April, just a few weeks after ISO 45001 is officially published, Cedrec will be visiting London, Birmingham and Manchester with a special Roadshow covering everything you need to know about the new standard.

Full details will be on our Events page soon.

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Pressure Equipment Safety Regulations 2016: Guidance

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Pressure Equipment Safety Regulations 2016: Guidance

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