SI 2017/743.
21st July 2017
DEFRA consultation
2nd August 2017

Simplifi July newsletter


Dear Simplify User,

Simplify take the threat of cyber-attack seriously and as such conduct regular ‘Penetration’ testing of our systems. These tests ensure that Simplify continues to address the threat of cyber-attacks and protects our customers data to the highest compliance and regulatory standards.

These tests are carried out on a monthly basis and include testing for vulnerability of our operating systems, network devices, web servers, critical infrastructure and threats to compliance violations.

As a user, you should not experience any disruption to your service or see any changes to your information.

The Simplify Team

New legislation


SI 2017/743. The Wireless Telegraphy (Mobile Communication Services on Ships) (Exemption) Regulations 2017.  Comes into force 2nd August.  These Regulations implement Commission Implementing Decision 2017/191/EU which amends Decision 2010/166/EU to introduce frequency bands for mobile communication services on board vessels in the European Union These Regulations revoke the Wireless Telegraphy (Mobile Communication Services on Board Ships) (Exemption) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/316).  These Regulations exempt the use of wireless telegraphy apparatus, on board British registered vessels within the territorial waters of the British Isles, which complies with certain terms, provisions and limitations, from the requirement to be licensed under section 8(1) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 (c.36).



Amending legislation


SI 2017/727.  The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2017.  Comes into force 31st July.  These Regulations amend the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/2860) and the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/928). Version 5.0 of the Microgeneration Installation Standard ( is a relevant installation standard that applies to Microgeneration Certification Scheme contractors undertaking the supply, design, installation, set to work, commissioning and handover of microgeneration heat pump systems for the purposes of the Renewable Heat Incentive and Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Schemes.

SI 2017/731. The Electricity (Exemptions from the Requirement for a Generation Licence) Order 2017.  Comes into force 4th August. This Order grants exemptions from section 4(1)(a) of the Electricity Act 1989 (which prohibits the generation of electricity for supply to any premises without a licence) in relation to eight electricity generating stations in Great Britain. The stations are;

  • Kype Muir Wind Farm, South Lanarkshire;
  • Middle Muir Wind Farm, South Lanarkshire;
  • Brockloch Rig Windfarm, Dumfries and Galloway;
  • Heckington Fen Wind Park, Lincolnshire;
  • Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm, Carmarthenshire;
  • Ray Wind Farm, Northumberland;
  • Cheshire Power Station, Cheshire; and
  • Glyn Rhonwy Pumped Hydro, Gwynedd.


 SSI 2017/225. The Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2017.  Comes into force 1st October.  These Regulations amend the Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/309). These Regulations increase the fees payable under regulation 10A of the 2008 Regulations in respect of the entering of the energy performance data onto the register. The fee is increased from £1.15 to £2.60 where the data relates to a dwelling and from £5.36 to £12.10 where the data relates to another type of building or building unit.

Off shore.

SI 2017/720. The Offshore Installations (Safety Zones) (No. 3) Order 2017.  Comes into force 6th July. This Order establishes, under Section 22 of the Petroleum Act 1987, safety zones having a radius of 500 metres from the specified point around the four installations (which are subsea installations).  The installations are;

  • Kraken Drill Centre 4, Block 9/2b, Kraken Field,
  • Horne and Wren, Block 53/3c. Horne and Wren Field,
  • Edradour PLEM, Block 206/4a, Edradour Field
  • Lancaster Manifold, Block 205/21a, Lancaster Field.


EU legislation

Nothing of relevance published during July


Eire legislation

Nothing of relevance published during July



The Department for Health is consulting on proposed regulations on safety standards for protection against the dangers from medical exposures to ionising radiation. Consultation closes 31st July.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is consulting on the implementation of the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU, which came into full effect on 13 June 2016. This consultation does not address the content of the Directive as this has already been negotiated and agreed and was previously consulted on.  Consultation closes on 14th August.

The Marine and Coast Guard Agency is consulting on proposals for implementing an effective enforcement regime for the EU Ship Recycling Regulation through the proposed Ship Recycling (Requirements in relation to Hazardous Materials on Ships) Regulations 2017.  Consultation closes 15th September.


Prosecutions of note

A Sheffield steel manufacturer has been fined £1,000,000 with £58,000 costs following an incident in August 2013 when an employee was severely burnt as the result of an oxygen pipe explosion. The injured party was carrying out checks whilst working on the line and heard hissing from a valve. As he went to investigate the noise, the pipe and valve erupted in flames. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the oxygen pipe had been fitted with contaminated second-hand flanges and butterfly valve, containing materials unsuitable for use with oxygen. HSE stated that “It was foreseeable that work would at some point be undertaken on the oxygen pipelines which ran across the entire site, yet no action had been taken to take control of this line or to implement training or levels of responsibility for management of such work”.

A Manchester engineering firm has been fined £120,000 with £7,241 costs for failing to control the risk to employees using hand held power tools from Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).  An HSE inspector said: “This is a case of the company failing to protect workers using vibrating tools. Exposure to hand arm vibration is a well-known risk which the company failed to adequately control. The company also failed to ensure workers were looked after when symptoms did arise leading to further exposure”.

HSE Annual fatality statistics.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released its annual figures for work-related fatalities. The provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents revealed that one hundred and thirty-seven workers were fatally injured between April 2016 and March 2017 (a rate of 0.43 per 100,000 workers), the second lowest year on record.

Of these:

  • Construction sector – Thirty fatal injuries were recorded. While this accounts for the largest share, this is the lowest number on record for the sector. However, over the last five years the number has fluctuated, and the annual average for the past five years is thirty-nine. The annual average rate over the last five years in construction is around four times as high as the all industry rate.
  • Agriculture – Twenty-seven fatal injuries were recorded. This sector has the highest rate of fatal injury of all the main industry sectors, around eighteen times as high as the all industry rate.
  • Waste and recycling – Fourteen fatal injuries were recorded. Despite being a relatively small sector in terms of employment, the annual average fatal injury rate over the last five years is around fifteen times as high as the all industry rate.


Ninety-two members of the public fatally injured in accidents connected to work in 2016/17. Almost half of these occurred on railways with the remainder occurring across a number of sectors including public services, entertainment and recreation.