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.