Archive for January, 2018

Self-employed safety law exemptions breach European Social Charter

The European Committee of Social Rights has ruled that exemptions in UK safety law for specified types of self-employed persons is discriminatory and breaches the European Social Charter (ESC), also known as the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

On 24 January, the Committee, a monitoring body of the 47-nation Council of Europe, ruled that a change in UK law in 2015 which removed certain self-employed work from provisions under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, breached the UK’s international obligations under the ESC.

The UK is a participant in the original 1961 Council of Europe treaty, which protects economic, social and cultural rights. A revised ESC, which included additional rights, was agreed in 1995 and although the UK has signed this revision it has yet to ratify it. The Charter includes fundamental rights in the field of social policy generally (health, social security, welfare), and specifically in the fields of employment and industrial relations, including the rights to work, to just conditions of work, to a fair remuneration and to organise and bargain collectively.

Whilst the Committee recognised that the exemptions only covered those who undertake less risky work, they added that this still resulted in the UK failing to comply with its ESC obligations. They said: “All workers, including the self-employed, must be covered by health and safety at work regulations as long as employed and self-employed workers are normally exposed to the same risks.”

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Regulation (EU) 2185/2017 (OJ:L309/7/2017) on the list of codes and types of devices for the purpose of specifying the scope of the designation as notified bodies in the field of medical devices under Regulation (EU) 2017/745 and in vitro diagnostic medical devices under Regulation (EU) 2017/746

This Regulation provides a list of codes and corresponding types of devices for the purpose of specifying the scope of the designation as notified bodies in the field of medical devices under Regulation (EU) 2017/745 on medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices under Regulation (EU) 2017/746 on in vitro…

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Regulation (EU) 2293/2017 (OJ:L329/1/2017) on the conditions for classification, without testing, of cross laminated timber products covered by the harmonised standard EN 16351 and laminated veneer lumber products covered by the harmonised standard EN 14374 with regard to their reaction to fire

This Regulation sets out that cross laminated timber products covered by the harmonised standard EN 16351 and laminated veneer lumber products covered by the harmonised standard EN 14374 are considered to satisfy the classes of performance indicated in the Annex to this Regulation without testing.

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Regulation (EU) 2185/2017 (OJ:L309/7/2017) on the list of codes and types of devices for the purpose of specifying the scope of the designation as notified bodies in the field of medical devices under Regulation (EU) 2017/745 and in vitro diagnostic medical devices under Regulation (EU) 2017/746

This Regulation provides a list of codes and corresponding types of devices for the purpose of specifying the scope of the designation as notified bodies in the field of medical devices under Regulation (EU) 2017/745 on medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices under Regulation (EU) 2017/746 on in vitro…

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Regulation (EU) 2293/2017 (OJ:L329/1/2017) on the conditions for classification, without testing, of cross laminated timber products covered by the harmonised standard EN 16351 and laminated veneer lumber products covered by the harmonised standard EN 14374 with regard to their reaction to fire

This Regulation sets out that cross laminated timber products covered by the harmonised standard EN 16351 and laminated veneer lumber products covered by the harmonised standard EN 14374 are considered to satisfy the classes of performance indicated in the Annex to this Regulation without testing.

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ISO 45001 due to be published in March

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has announced that the finalised ISO 45001 standard will be published in March 2018.

A vote on 25 January saw the final draft of the standard approved by 93% of the national standards body, well above the 75% required for adoption.

The new standard will replace OHSAS 18001, which will be withdrawn after the publication of ISO 45001. There will be a three year transitional period for organisations that are certified to OHSAS 18001 to migrate to the new standard. 

Chair of ISO/PC 283, David Smith, welcomed the alignment of ISO 45001 with the suite of ISO management system standards. He commented: “We now have an international standard for occupational health and safety, aligned with other business standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO/IEC 27001, that helps organisations manage this key risk as part of their business processes. ISO 45001 is a significant improvement on OHSAS 18001, which has established that standardisation using the risk-based approach works across the world and business sectors. Effective application of ISO 45001 will reduce the risk of harm in the workplace.”

Want to know more?

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

We'll be providing information, the chance to fire away any questions you have, and of course, refreshments!

Be sure to book your place on our ISO 45001: A Safety Odyssey event.

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New Office for Product Safety and Standards created

The Government has created a new office for Product Safety and Standards following recommendations made by a Working Group on Product Recalls and Safety.

The Working Group which was made up of consumer, fire and product safety experts, were set up in October 2016 to consider how to improve the safety of white goods and increase the success of the recall system.

The new product safety authority will help manage largescale product recalls and identify risks to consumers, supporting the work of the local authority trading standards teams. The Office will also provide advice and support to ensure manufacturers, importers and retailers meet their responsibilities to place only safe products on the market. This will be a welcome move for many following numerous fires which have been caused by faulty electrical appliances – most notably of course the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

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Regulation (EU) 2002/2017 (OJ:L290/4/2017) approving L(+) lactic acid as an existing active substance for use in biocidal products of product-types 2, 3 and 4

This Regulation is made in accordance with Regulation (EU) 528/2012, on the making available on the market and use of biocidal products, and approves L(+) lactic acid as an active substance for use in biocidal products for product-types 2, 3 and 4, subject to certain specifications and conditions.

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Regulation (EU) 2004/2017 (OJ:L290/11/2017) approving 2-methylisothiazol-3(2H)-one as an existing active substance for use in biocidal products of product-type 12

This Regulation is made in accordance with Regulation (EU) 528/2012, on the making available on the market and use of biocidal products, and approves 2-methylisothiazol-3(2H)-one as an active substance for use in biocidal products for product-type 12, subject to certain specifications and conditions.

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Regulation (EU) 2327/2017 (OJ:) approving 2-methyl-1,2-benzisothiazol-3(2H)-one as an active substance for use in biocidal products of product-type 6

This Regulation is made in accordance with Regulation (EU) 528/2012, on the making available on the market and use of biocidal products, and approves -methyl-1,2-benzisothiazol-3(2H)-one as an active substance for use in biocidal products for product-type 6, subject to certain specifications and conditions.

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