Archive for December, 2017

Wales Act 2017 (Commencement No. 4) Regulations SI 2017/1179

These Regulations apply to Wales only and will bring into force various provisions of the Wales Act 2017 on 1 April 2018, 1 October 2018 and 1 April 2019.
The following provisions come into force on 1 April 2018:

section 4 (devolved Welsh Authorities);
sections 5 to 8 (elections);
sections 9 to 12 (other…

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Ionising Radiations Regulations SI 2017/1075

These Regulations came into force on 1 January 2018 and apply to England, Wales and Scotland. 
They aim to provide a framework for making sure that exposure to ionising radiation from work activities is kept as low as possible and does not exceed specified dose limits. They do this by imposing…

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Wales Act 2017 (Commencement No. 4) Regulations SI 2017/1179

These Regulations apply to Wales only and will bring into force various provisions of the Wales Act 2017 on 1 April 2018, 1 October 2018 and 1 April 2019.
The following provisions come into force on 1 April 2018:

section 4 (devolved Welsh Authorities);
sections 5 to 8 (elections);
sections 9 to 12 (other…

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Wintry weather warnings

The winter months bring seasons festivities and fun, but also dangerous weather conditions to be cautious of.

Snow, ice and wet weather generally causes misery for commuters, workers and members of the public alike, so we've set out some handy tips from the Health and Safety Executive to help keep your organisation's festive season jolly this year!

Lighting

Ensure your workplace is properly and sufficiently well-lit to help avoid hazards and accidents.

You can check your workplace is sufficiently illuminated using a device to measure the light output such as a photometer or light meter, or by simply observing the areas for a few days to come to an informed decision as to whether the lighting is suitable.

Rain and ice

Be aware that paved areas can become slippery when wet, and when it gets colder those paved areas can easily become icy. Reduce the risk by using suitable materials for footpaths, discourage people from using grassy shortcuts and using floor mats or non-slip flooring internally to prevent slips.

Keep a stock of road salt for car parks and footpaths and keep an eye on weather forecasts – placing salt outside the night before freezing temperatures can prevent ice to form.

Use warning signs. By making workers and members of the public aware of the risks, they can be more alert, lessening the risk. Cordon off any areas you deem to be unsuitable for use and consider covering those areas during bad weather to help bring them back into safe use again.

Travel

As always, be alert on the roads. Black ice, poor visibility and bad drivers make for dangerous conditions. Leave time to prepare your vehicle in the morning, to allow for slower driving times and keep to a safe distance behind vehicles.

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HSE employee injured

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the body which aims to reduce work-related injury and ill-health, has accepted a Crown Censure after one of its employees was left with serious burns following an accident at the HSE's laboratory in Buxton.

The employee was working on a prototype hydrogen storage vessel in October 2016 when the accident happened. The prototype vessel was was being tested to see if the design was suitable, and when it was being filled a connector failed and hydrogen escaped under pressure. The hydrogen then ignited, injuring the employee who was close to the vessel at the time.

Following the incident, HM Inspectors of Health and Safety led an investigation which concluded that the testing went wrong because of failings to assess, plan, manage and control a well-known risk of death or serious injury. The investigation found that the incident could have been prevented if recognised control measures were put in place.

HM Inspectors therefore issued a Crown Improvement Notice which requires the HSE to provide a system of work for proof testing and leak testing and an assembled hydrogen line and test tank to ensure the safety of employees and others in the vicinity. This has now been complied with.

By accepting the Censure, the HSE admitted to breaching its duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. However, because the HSE is a Government body, it cannot face prosecution in the same way as other organisations, which means there was no court appearance and no financial penalty. The Crown Censure, now that it has been accepted, will act as an official record of a breach of the law.

Director of field operations, Samantha Pearce, said that the law aims to reduce danger as much as possible. She added, “In this case, HSE bear this responsibility as an employer. They fell below the required standard and as the failings exposed workers to the risk of death or serious injury, a Crown Censure is the right course of action. HSE has co-operated fully with the investigation and we are satisfied that action has been taken to put matters right.”

Chief Executive of the HSE, Dr Richard Judge, said, “As chief executive of HSE, and on behalf of my colleagues on the Management Board and the HSE Board, I very much regret this incident happened, and especially that our colleague was injured. On this occasion, we did not meet the standards we expect of others and that is deeply disappointing. HSE accepts the Crown Censure. We took early action to resolve the immediate issues identified by the regulatory and internal investigations. In line with our spirit of continuous improvement, we are using the findings from the investigations as an opportunity to learn and to do significantly better.”

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Regulation (EU) 2065/2017 (OJ:L295/40/2017) confirming the conditions of approval of the active substance 8-hydroxyquinoline

This Regulation confirms the conditions of approval of the active substance 8-hydroxyquinoline, as set out in Implementing Regulation (EU) 540/2011. It also modifies Regulation (EU) 2015/408, adding that substance to the list of candidates for substitution.
Revocations and amendments
This Regulation amends:

Regulation (EU) 2015/408 implementing Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 on the placing of plant…

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Regulation (EU) 555/2017 (OJ:L80/1/2017) amending Regulation (EU) 540/2011 as regards the extension of the approval periods of several active substances

This Regulation amends the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011, which implements Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, as regards the list of approved active substances, by updating the dates of approval of various substances.
Revocations and amendments
This Regulation amends:

Regulation (EU) 540/2011 on the list of approved substances.

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Regulation (EU) 1530/2017 (OJ:L232/4/2017) amending Regulation (EU) 540/2011 as regards the extension of the approval of the active substance quizalofop-p-tefuryl

This Regulation amends the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011 by extending the approval period of the active substance quizalofop-p-tefuryl.
Revocations and amendments
This Regulation amends:

Regulation (EU) 540/2011 implementing Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 as regards the list of approved active substances.

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Regulation (EU) 2091/2017 (OJ:L297/25/2017) on the non-renewal of the active substance iprodione

This Regulation concerns the non-approval of the active substance iprodione in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market. It also amends Regulation (EU) 540/2011.
Scope
Tests performed to determine if the substance iprodione is safe to use as a plant protection product discovered that this substance has…

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Regulation (EU) 1511/2017 (OJ:L224/115/2017) amending Regulation (EU) 540/2011 as regards the extension of the approval periods of several active substances

This Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 540/2011 implementing Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 as regards the list of approved active substances, by extending the approval periods of the following active substances:

1-methylcyclopropene;
beta-cyfluthrin;
chlorothalonil;
chlorotoluron;
cypermethrin;
daminozide;
deltamethrin;
dimethenamid-p;
flufenacet;
flurtamone;
forchlorfenuron;
fosthiazate;
indoxacarb;
iprodione;
MCPA;
MCPB;
silthiofam;
thiophanate-methy; and
tribenuron.

Revocations and amendments
This Regulation amends:

Regulation (EU) 540/2011 implementing Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 as regards the list of approved active substances.

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