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:

    • Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issues open letter to the food industry on shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Exemptions/guidance on hand sanitiser and PPE announced for duration of COVID-19.
    • HSE advice on the importance of fitting PPE correctly.
    • UK government issues guidance for businesses on modern slavery reporting during COVID-19, with deadline for statements extended for six months, where necessary.
    • High Court confirms that offering food for sale after expiry of use-by date is an offence.
    • The UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is Investigating 14 Cases of Fake or Unlicensed COVID-19 Medical Products.
    • The UK Government published its first Modern Slavery Statement.
    • Environment Agency (EA) issues COVID-19 enforcement relaxations.
    • The OECD published a briefing on how to incorporate environmental gains in to the economic recovery following COVID-19.
    • Permission refused for judicial review of HS2.
    • DEFRA has delayed the ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds until October 2020.
    • European Court of Justice clarifies waste holders’ obligations regarding possibly hazardous waste