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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Amendment) Regulations SI 2014/1771

These Regulations came into force 25 July 2014 and apply to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
They amend two pieces of legislation.
Amendments include:

substituting references to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Charges) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2006/509 with references to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR…

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Explosives Regulations SI 2014/1638

These Regulations begin to come into force on 1 October 2014 and apply to England, Scotland and Wales.
However, the prohibition on the manufacture, storage and importation of certain explosives also applies to Northern Ireland.
On 5 April 2015, the remaining provisions of these Regulations, relating to the repackaging of civil explosives…

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Household Safety (Carbon Monoxide Detectors) Bill

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Lincolnshire poultry firm and four contractors fined

GW Padley Poultry Ltd and four of its contractors have been fined for repetitive safety failings when workers were caught on a roof without taking the proper safety precautions.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors witnessed unsafe work at height on 13 March 2012 while workers were building a poultry shed at the company’s site which lead to their prosecution.

There was no scaffolding or edge protection in place on the roof which was around six metres high. An inspector asked the workers to come down, which to do so they had to walk about ten metres along the sloping roof and down a ladder which was insecure. A Prohibition Notice was issued, stopping further work on the roof until a suitable edge protection was put in place.

When inspectors returned three days later, work on the roof had been completed but the necessary safety precautions had still not been put into place. A second Prohibition Notice was served.

When at trial, it was heard that Harlow Brothers Ltd and Philip Bates both had previous convictions for work on poultry house roofs without edge protection.

GW Padley Poultry Ltd pleaded guilty and was fined £9,000 and ordered to pay £15,000 in costs. The four contractors were also fined for breaches of health and safety legislation.

Martin Waring, HSE inspector stated: “In this case there was clear evidence of a very poor attitude to health and safety generally on this site. Each of the defendants had clear duties to ensure the safety of the workers, however these were repeatedly ignored.”

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Decision 2014/425/EU (OJ:L196/30/2014) authorising Slovakia and the United Kingdom to derogate from certain common aviation safety rules of Regulation (EC) 216/2008

This Decision sets out an authorisation for the United Kingdom to deviate from certain common aviation safety rules that are applied through Regulation (EC) 216/2008 on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Aviation Safety Agency.
Legislative Background
Under Regulation (EC) 216/2008 it is set out that…

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Decision 2014/474/EU (OJ:L212/45/2014) related to the listing of Conformity Assessment Bodies under the Sectoral Annex on Electromagnetic Compatibility

This Decision adds authorised bodies to the list of Conformity Assessment Bodies under “EC access to the US market” in Section V of the Sectoral Annex on Electromagnetic Compatibility.
Parties listed have agreed to maintain the product and conformity assessment procedures.

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Proposal COM(2014)187 for a Regulation on cableway installations

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Decision 2014/426/EU (OJ:L196/35/2014) authorising the United Kingdom to derogate from certain common aviation safety rules of Regulation (EC) 216/2008

This Decision sets out authorisation for the UK to deviate from certain aviation safety rules implemented by Regulation 216/2008 on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Aviation Safety Agency.
The United Kingdom may grant approvals deviating from provisions set out in Regulation (EU) 1178/2011, laying…

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Acetylene Safety (England and Wales and Scotland) Regulations SI 2014/1639

These Regulations come into force on 1 October 2014 and apply to England, Scotland and Wales.
They consolidate existing legislation for activities relating to acetylene and regulate the manufacture, importation, sale, use and transportation of liquid, solid and compressed acetylene gas as well as the compression of that gas and the filling of cylinders…

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Proposal COM(2014)258 for a Regulation on appliances burning gaseous fuels

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