3rd September 2015

Biocidal products

ECHA. As from 1st September biocidal products consisting of, containing, or generating a “relevant substance”, cannot be made placed on the EU market unless the substance supplier or product supplier is included in the list for the product type(s) to which the product belongs.

Exceptions apply for biocidal products where the active substance dossier has not yet been validated by a Member State Competent Authority (i.e. active substance not yet considered as “relevant”), for example due to transitional arrangements for biocidal products which were not covered by the previous Biocides Directive and substances where the original substance identity has been changed.

The official pdf list is published together with an excel list to help companies and authorities to search the relevant information. http://echa.europa.eu/information-on-chemicals/active-substance-suppliers

8th September 2015

ECHA announces new practical guide

European Chemical Agency (ECHA) announces that a new practical guide is available on how to prepare a downstream user chemical safety report.

It describes the approaches that downstream users can take to determine the risks and document their assessment.


18th December 2015

3rd edition of PPE Regulations published

HSE has published the third edition of the Guide to the PPE Regulations. Changes to the guidance since the last edition: i) It has been updated to clarify the requirement after the repeal of the Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989 ii) It details changes to the provisions for head protection for turban wearing Sikhs following an amendment to the Employment Act 1989 iii) It details changes required due to an amendment to Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 relating to self-employed persons. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l25.pdf

5th January 2016

HSE has published a new health and safety strategy for the UK

The HSE has just published six themes which will form the strategy for the next five years. They will cover.

Promoting broader ownership of workplace health and safety Highlighting and tackling the burden of work-related ill-health Supporting small firms Enabling productivity through proportionate risk management Anticipating and tackling the challenges of new technology and ways of working Sharing the benefits of Great Britain’s approach