Prime minister Theresa May is said to be considering supporting the amendment which would enshrine protection of the rights and standards relating to health and safety and employment, as well as the environment. It would also allow MPs a vote on whether to adopt EU protections if they are strengthened in the future. The move is an attempt to gain support from Labour Brexiteers ahead of Tuesday's "meaningful vote" on the withdrawal agreement. The bill could be voted down by more than 430 MPs, with only 206 ready to support it.
The Health and Safety (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 are designed to ensure that European Union-derived health and safety protections will continue in domestic law after the UK leaves the EU. The government has said that, in the case of some protections, technical amendments to existing legislation will be required to ensure effective operation.
The agreement between the government and the construction sector focuses on innovation, arguing that digital techniques and offsite manufacture will improve the safety of buildings (see our feature Here’s one I prepared earlier).
There is shadow looming over the 31 May 2018 REACH deadline for registering substances in quantities of above one tonne and made in or imported into the EU: Brexit. Though all the union’s regulations continue to apply to the UK until at least 29 March 2019, some suppliers may be tempted to assume that those enforcing REACH will not catch up with them by then or could decide not to supply the product because of the expense of meeting a registration that might become redundant next year.
Is 31 May in your diary? It’s not another safety or health awareness day, but the final registration deadline for REACH, the European chemicals regulation. As the deadline approaches, organisations that didn’t think it applied to them are discovering otherwise. Some, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are only just realising that they count as importers under REACH.
The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union said in a speech in Vienna, Austria yesterday (20 February) that the UK has a track record of meeting high standards and this will continue after its departure on 29 March 2019.“While we have been a member of the European Union, the UK has been instrumental in the design of its rules,” he said. “From Linz to London, from Salzburg to Stirling – we have helped lead the way in protecting employees from exploitative working practices.
If the European Commission accepts the recommendation, the substances will be heavily restricted and it will be against the law to supply use them without individual authorisation in EU countries.The ECHA’s 5 February recommendation to the commission relates to two substances that are toxic for reproduction and five that have persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic and/or very persistent and very bioaccumulative properties.
Thompson said she only missed five daily training sessions in 16 years and spent the last four years of her sporting career trying to shave 0.01 seconds off her race time. “That’s about the same as the width of two sheets of paper,” she said.
One of the many issues yet to be clarified ahead of the UK’s departure from the European Union (Brexit) is the future of product safety and health legislation. The government’s Great Repeal Bill revokes the European Communities Act (ECA) 1972 and provides for all EU regulation to be copied across into domestic UK law to ensure a smooth transition on the day after Brexit. The government will then have the power to “amend, repeal and improve” laws in subsequent years.
As a result of the lack of a working majority for any party, we have entered a period of political uncertainty.Without wishing to sound parochial at a time when the future of the National Health Service, provision of decent housing for young people and many other crucial issues are on the agenda, the impact of big politics on how we pursue safer and healthier workplaces is worthy of consideration.