PPE – Personal Protective Equipment

The new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulation became law on 21 April 2016.  There is a two year transition period until its full enforcement in April 2018.  The main changes put the onus on manufacturers to provide good quality equipment and provide the necessary information and certification, it is hoped that this will put an end to cheap inferior imports.
Categories for PPE have also been changed – Read more

Chemicals Stocktake

The final registration deadline under the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation will take place on 31 May 2018. Firms manufacturing or importing substances in low volumes, between 1 and 100 tonnes per year, are being urged by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to start preparations for registration.

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EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation

On 13 December, new legislation (the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation 1169/2011) will require food businesses to provide allergy information on food sold unpackaged, for example in catering outlets, deli counters, bakeries and sandwich bars. Read more

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New Petroleum Regulations

Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014

Are you aware that the legislation on storing petrol is changing?  Although existing health and safety responsibilities will remain the same, the new Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 will come into effect on 1 October 2014 and replace existing petrol storage legislation which will be withdrawn. Further information can be found here http://www.hse.gov.uk/fireandexplosion/petroleum-regulations-2014.pdf

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Health & Safety Law Poster

The HSE updated the Health & Safety Law Poster in 2009, but gave employers five years to replace the old ones – you have until 5 April 2014 to replace 1999 posters with the 2009 one, or issue the relevant leaflet to employees.

Further information can be found here http://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/faqs/lawposter.htm

 

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RIDDOR

From 1st October 2013 the requirements to report accidents to the HSE under RIDDOR have changed. The main changes will be to simplify the reporting requirements in the following areas:

  • The classification of ‘major injuries’ to workers replaced with a shorter list of ‘specified injuries’
  • The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease to be replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness
  • Fewer types of ‘dangerous occurrence’ will require reporting Read more