frESH Law Horizons: Key Developments in UK and EU Environment, Safety and Health Law and Procedure

    View Authors February 2018

    Our Environmental, Safety & Health team is pleased to share with you the second edition of our monthly newsletter, frESH Law Horizons: Key Developments in UK and EU Environment, Safety and Health Law and Procedure; providing bite-size updates on EU and UK law and policy.

    This month’s edition includes:

    • Government launches new Office for Product Safety and Standards.
    • Tata Steel fined £1.4 million for breach of Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974 following death of employee.
    • ISO 45001 nears publication.
    • Interim Report of Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety published.
    • Former night worker took own life after moving to an early shift left him with insomnia.
    • Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland to review meat cutting plants and cold stores, following two incidents of “serious non-compliance”.
    • Government reportedly refuses grant of consent for hydraulic fracturing operations until company brings accounts up to date.
    • Waste Enforcement (England and Wales) Regulations 2018.
    • The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published its substitution strategy.
    • From 1 April 2018: offence for landlords to grant / renew tenancy of a private rented property unless it has an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of at least “E”.
    • European Commission publishes a number of notices to stakeholders setting out the consequences of Brexit under different EU legislative regimes - UK to be treated as a “third country”.
    • The Environment Agency’s revived “definition of waste panel” is expected to open in April - likely initial administration fee of £750.
    • Severn Trent has prosecuted Arrow Environmental Services for illegal discharges into its sewers.
    • Landowner liable in common law nuisance for a 10% diminution in the value of a neighbour’s house for allowing Japanese knotweed to spread from her land (a County Court case).
    • The Court of Appeal judgment in Okpabi and others v. Royal Dutch Shell Plc and another regarding parent liability for subsidiary.