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

    View Authors December 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:

    • Three companies fined total of over £1.4 million after security guard killed
    • Press reports warn Christmas shoppers of potential safety issues with counterfeit goods
    • Bus company fined £2.3 million for health and safety breach at Birmingham Crown Court
    • First Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) now concluded
    • Water utility company Wessex water paid a record Enforcement Undertaking for a water pollution offence
    • Defra has responded to its consultation on “Proposals to tackle crime and poor performance in the waste sector and introduce a new fixed penalty for the waste duty of care”
    • The Environment Agency has opened a consultation on amending its charging scheme
    • A company has been fined £18,000 under anti-social behaviour legislation for failing to deal with Japanese knotweed
    • The European Commission adopted a draft Regulation amending several Annexes of the EU REACH Regulation to clarify how it applies to nanomaterials
    • ECHA enforcement project calls for improved safety information to protect workers from chemical hazards
    • EC launches “Circular Plastics Alliance” to foster the market of recycled plastics