Archive for January, 2018

Regulation (EU) 852/2017 (OJ:137/1/2017) on mercury

This Regulation establishes measures and conditions concerning the:

use and storage of and trade in mercury, mercury compounds and mixtures of mercury;
manufacture and use of and trade in mercury-added products;
management of mercury waste.

The aim is to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions…

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Concerns raised over UK product safety systems

A Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy committee has expressed concerns over potential widespread failures in the UK's product safety system.

MPs said that the fact that millions of defective tumble-dryers which posed a fire risk were allowed to be sold in the UK demonstrates that current product safety checks were failing consumers.

Defective tumble-dryers sold under the Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands (owned by Whirlpool) have led to more than 750 fires in homes since 2004. The Committee described the companies response to the over 5 million defective machines as 'woeful' and said it was unacceptable that more than one million potentially dangerous tumble-dryers were still being used in homes.

The Business Committee was looking into the incidents caused by such defective electrical appliances; in one incident a fire killed two men, alongside other high profile cases including Greenfell Tower. The Committee concluded that there were widespread issues over product safety.

Committee Chair, Rachel Reeves, said there was ''a strong case for a single national product safety agency'' adding, ''these problems go deeper than just one firm. Whirlpool's response has highlighted flaws in the UK's product safety regime which is fragmented and poorly resourced.''

The Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said it would respond to recommendations for a national product safety authority. A spokesman commented: ''We have already taken a number of steps to improve our product safety regime, including upgrading the government's recalls website to make it clear to the public which white goods are safe to use.''

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Measuring Instruments Regulations SI 2016/1153

These Regulations came into force on 28 December 2016 and apply to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
They implement Directive 2014/32/EU on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of measuring instruments.
Legislative background
Directive 2014/32/EU sets out the technical specifications applicable…

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Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations SI 2017/1322

These Regulations will come into force on 6 February 2018 and apply to England, Wales and Scotland.
These Regulations revoke and replace the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations SI 2000/1059 and implement the requirements of Directive 2013/59/EURATOM, on basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising…

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Measuring Instruments Regulations SI 2016/1153

These Regulations came into force on 28 December 2016 and apply to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
They implement Directive 2014/32/EU on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of measuring instruments.
Legislative background
Directive 2014/32/EU sets out the technical specifications applicable…

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Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations SI 2017/1322

These Regulations will come into force on 6 February 2018 and apply to England, Wales and Scotland.
These Regulations revoke and replace the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations SI 2000/1059 and implement the requirements of Directive 2013/59/EURATOM, on basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising…

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Concern over rise in fatal accidents on Irish farms

According to figures released by Ireland's Health and Safety Authority (HSA), there has been a rise in the number of fatal accidents on farms in Ireland, with 24 work-related fatalities happening in the country's agricultural sector in 2017. This accounts for more than half of the overall total of 47 across all sectors.

It was the second year running in which deaths in agriculture had risen, as there were 21 deaths recorded in 2016, and 18 in 2015. The Chair of the Ireland Branch of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Liam Howe, said that the figure was of “serious concern”, and highlighted that 14 of those killed in the agricultural sector were men aged over 65. He stated that the rising pension age means that questions are raised regarding how we look after an ageing working population.

The Chair of IOSH's Rural Industries Section of the Ireland Branch, Aine English, said: “It is a complex sector, with a high number of elderly workers compared to others. With this in mind, the challenge is to actively support the HSA's and The Farm Safety Partnership Committees Action Plan's efforts to review future developments to reduce these figures. IOSH's Rural Industries Group members in Ireland will explore all avenues to support the agricultural community to reduce farm fatalities.”

HSA Chief Executive Martin O'Halloran stated that it is the responsibility of everyone involved in farming to make the necessary changes to work practices to prevent these accidents. He said: “We have over two million people at work and this is a positive development. However, this will lead to increased traffic and movement of vehicles in workplaces creating hazards that must be managed. Regardless of the sector, where we have people and vehicles moving in close proximity, the danger is elevated. These dangers are greatly reduced when everyone is aware of the hazards and safe systems of work are implemented.”

After agriculture, the construction and transport sectors had the next highest number of fatalities, with six each. Across all sectors, accidents involving vehicles accounted for 21 deaths, whilst falls from height killed six people.

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Air Weapons Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 (Commencement No. 7) Order SSI 2017/424

This Order brings into force sections of the Air Weapons Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 on 20 December 2017.
The sections it brings into force are:

56, on duties of Licensing Boards to produce Annual Reports;
87, on minor and consequential amendments and repeals; and
Part 3 of Schedule 2, on minor and consequential amendments and repeals…

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Building (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations SI 2017/1274

These Regulations begin to come into force on 15 January 2018 and apply to Wales only. Further provisions will come into force on 28 February 2018 and 1 April 2018.
They amend the Building Regulations SI 2010/2214 in relation to Wales (but not excepted energy buildings in Wales) in order to:

provide…

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Merchant Shipping (Working Time: Inland Waterways) (Amendment) Regulations SI 2017/1149

These Regulations came into force on 5 January 2018 and apply to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
They amend the Merchant Shipping (Working Time: Inland Waterways) Regulations SI 2003/3049, in order to implement the requirements of Directive 2014/112/EU, which implements the European Agreement concerning certain aspects of the organisation of…

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