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Helping you see the bigger picture - EHSsential: environmental, health and safety news (2020 forecast)

  • United Kingdom
  • Environment

30-01-2020

HEALTH AND SAFETY

In the courts - cameras to broadcast from the Crown Court for the first time

The government has announced new legislation which will permit the sentencing remarks of High Court and senior judges in certain criminal cases to be filmed and broadcast to the public.This will include judges passing sentence on high profile-criminal cases in Crown Courts, including the Old Bailey. For more information on what to consider at any sentencing hearing in light of this upcoming change please click here

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Not so good vibrations – prosecutions for failures to adequately manage the risks from vibration remain a priority for the HSE

We are continuing to see a noticeable increase in investigations and prosecutions by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for failures to adequately manage the risk from vibration and where Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) has been suffered by employees. Fines are set to continue rising. Please note, the HSE recently issued updated guidance on the governing legislation, the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005.

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What’s coming up in 2020 for health and safety

This briefing will bring you up to speed on what’s to come in 2020: including a focus on tackling work related ill health; warnings regarding the HSE’s new approach to targeted inspections; UKCA/CE Marking; Brexit; and Building Safety.

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ENVIRONMENT

What’s coming up in 2020 for chemical regulation

This article summarises some of the key chemical regulation related changes expected in 2020 or which industry should be preparing for during 2020.

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Plastic Waste – the Outlook for 2020

2019 will go down as the year when concerns about plastic pollution became main stream and when really for the first time consumers started to demand action. As the year ended retailers issued pledges of one type or another focusing on removing as much plastic packaging as possible from the products they sell and ensuring that the plastic packaging which is present can be recycled.

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EU Circular Economy - Opportunity to Comment on Roadmap for New Action Plan

The end of December 2019 saw the next step in the EU’s commitment to the adoption of a circular economy as the EU Commission published a road map on a new action plan which aims to speed up the transition to a circular economy.

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The Heat Network Regulations

Heat suppliers and landlords who offer communal heating in their buildings should be aware of possible changes to the Heat Network Regulations as they will impact upon metering devices. For more information please click here

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Upcoming events / seminars

Eversheds Sutherland’s Health and Safety Summer School

SAVE THE DATE - 9 and 10 September 2020

Health and Safety Update Breakfast Briefings

This breakfast briefing is aimed at EHS professionals and aims to bring you up to speed with the latest changes to health and safety law including a review of the impact of the Election, Brexit and Grenfell and a look at key cases that impact upon your business. For more information please click here

Mental health at work – disclosure and adjustment

This mental health at work training course is aimed at EHS, HR and OH professionals responsible for wellbeing. Please click here for more information

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