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6th April 2020

HSE’s enforcement of coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance

HSE has stated that where they identify employers who are not taking action to comply with the relevant Public Health England (PHE) guidance to control public health risks, eg employers not taking appropriate action to socially distance or ensure workers in the shielded category can follow the NHS advice to self-isolate for the period specified, they will consider taking a range of actions to improve control of workplace risks. These actions include the provision of specific advice to employers through to issuing enforcement notices to help secure improvements with the PHE guidance.

The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England  are leading the UK government response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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6th April 2020

MAIB Safety digest 01/2020 published

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published a collection of lessons learned from marine accidents.

3rd April 2020

Arrangements for regulation of chemicals during the COVID-19 outbreak

HSE has published arrangements for regulation of chemicals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

For plant protection products contact should be by email to: or  Data packages too large for emails should be submitted on CD/DVD.  Authorisations will no longer be issued by post.  Export certificates will be sent electronically in pdf format. It will include contact details for overseas authorities to confirm the validity of the document.

For biocidal products contact should be made by email to: for enquiries relating to BPR applications; or for enquires relating to COPR applications. Applications made under the EU Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) and the UK Control of Pesticides Regulations (COPR) should continue as usual i.e. for BPR via R4BP3 to the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) and for COPR by using the FEPA1 form.  Authorisations will no longer be issued by post. BPR authorisations will be uploaded to R4BP3 as normal but an electronic copy will also be sent by email. COPR approvals will be issued via email during this period.

For matters to do with REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of Chemicals) and CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging), businesses should interact as normal with ECHA who are continuing to operate. ECHA have issued a press release about the granting of extensions to certain deadlines and being flexible about their regulatory processes. Queries on other matters should be directed to the  helpdesk at