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

    View Authors October 2018

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

    • The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced it is targeting construction firms across Great Britain on health standards.
    • The Serious Fraud Office will not appeal the decision in a recent legal privilege case.
    • A review of meat processing identifies improvements.
    • The EA has joined forces with eBay to stop illegal vehicle breakers and make sure that eBay sellers understand that an environmental permit is needed to break vehicles.
    • In a recent announcement, the EA committed to tackling modern slavery in the waste sector.
    • Four company officers have been fined more than £66,000, plus more than £14,000 in costs, for the illegal use of waste for construction at a golf course.
    • Two major UK trade bodies warn that a no-deal Brexit would create major disruption for the energy and chemical sectors.
    • The government has issued a consultation, as promised earlier in the year, on phasing out plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds.
    • The European Ombudsman has started an investigation into the EC’s preparation of the single use plastics proposal.
    • REACH: The European Commission studies “polymers of concern” (PoCs).
    • REACH: The ECHA has proposed 96 substances for evaluation by member states in 2019-2021.