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.