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

    View Authors March 2018

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

    This month’s edition includes the following:

    • First failure to prevent bribery case.
    • The Office for Product Safety and Standards (Product Safety Office) has carried out its first enforcement action. It has also published a Code of Practice.
    • The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released advice that warns against “off-the-shelf” manual handling training.
    • Poundworld has been fined more than £1.1 million following conviction for food safety and health and safety breaches.
    • Continued press focus on food hygiene standards at UK meat plants.
    • The Environment Agency (EA) has published a list of enforcement undertakings that it accepted between 1 September 2017 and 31 January 2018.
    • INEOS Shale has been granted permission by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) to legally challenge the National Trust's refusal to allow land access for seismic testing.
    • Climate Change Agreement (CCA) case of Geo Speciality Chemicals v. Environment Agency.
    • 25p "latte levy" on disposable coffee cups has been questioned by the government.
    • The Dutch shipping company Seatrade and two of its directors were found guilty by a Dutch court and fined up to €750,000 for breaching the rules on transfrontier shipment of waste (TFS).
    • The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has issued its 10th report on progress in evaluation under REACH.
    • ECHA is inviting stakeholders to send it information on microplastic particles.
    • The EA has accepted an enforcement undertaking offer from Anglian Water of a £50,000 donation to a wildlife trust charity. 
    • Plymouth Skip Hire, narrowly escaped having an existing suspended sentence for a driving offence activated by the Crown Court, as a result of illegal waste activities. 
    • The EA has confirmed final details of the new charging scheme for environmental permits.
    • The compliance committee of the Aarhus Convention on environmental justice, part of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, has agreed to hear a complaint about the UK’s adherence to the convention.
    • A joint report by four committees of the House of Commons calls for urgent changes in the management of air pollution.