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

    View Authors May 2018

    Our Environmental, Safety & Health team is pleased to share with you the fifth 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:

    • Annual Environmental, Safety and Health Conference to be held in London on 6 June 2018
    • Manufacturer is fined £1.6 million following two (unconnected) offences within a year
    • Failure to brief workers on risk assessment led to a fall and a £900,000 fine
    • European Commission issues a proposal for a Directive to protect EU whistleblowers
    • CCTV became mandatory in all abattoirs in England on 4 May 2018
    • Justice Select Committee hear of incompatibility between Sentencing Council guideline on credit for guilty plea and duty of defence representatives to ensure that clients are fully advised on all evidence before a plea decision is arrived at
    • £30,000 donation to charity under an enforcement undertaking for breach of regulations that govern environmental permitting
    • Landlord is found guilty of knowingly permitting a continuing “waste operation”
    • House of Lords made significant amendments to the environmental aspects of the Withdrawal Bill
    • Court rules that landfill tax applies to the “fluff” used to make landfill cells
    • Three former employees of a chemicals company have won a landmark compensation case after developing a sensitivity to platinum salts, which led to their dismissal on medical grounds, despite showing no symptoms
    • A new Shale Environmental Regulator will be established in England, together with a range of new measures to streamline fracking applications
    • 42 UK businesses have signed WRAP’s UK Plastics Pact, committing to ambitious targets to reduce plastic packaging waste