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

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    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:

    • Key Issues During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Crisis
    • Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issues guidance on facemasks, the extension of driver’s medical certificates, driver welfare and hours, health/medical surveillance and the protection of homeworkers
    • Fine of £600,000 for a yoghurt manufacturer after a faulty valve led to the release of an acidic cleaning solution
    • The Court of Appeal overturned Heathrow expansion plans on climate grounds
    • The effect of Covid-19 on air quality, carbon emissions and longer term progress towards climate change goals is being widely debated
    • The Bank of England (BoE) launched the COP26 private finance agenda
    • The legislation to ban plastic straws, cotton buds and drink stirrers has been laid before Parliament
    • UK and EU chemical industry bodies have called for “high regulatory alignment” on chemical regulation after Brexit
    • The 2020 budget confirmed and extended the proposed plastic packaging tax from 1 April 2022
    • European Commission adopts a new Circular Economy Action Plan
    • ECHA compliance checks on REACH registration dossiers increased by 50% in 2019, while UBA finds at least 24% non-compliance