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Check out the February 2018 edition of the UK Environmental, Safety & Health team’s monthly newsletter, frESH Law Horizons: Key Developments in UK and EU Environment, Safety and Health Law and Procedure, for “bite-sized” updates on EU and UK law and policy on the following hot topics:

  • Government launches new Office for Product Safety and Standards
  • Tata Steel fined £1.4 million for breach of Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974 following death of employee
  • ISO 45001 nears publication
  • Interim Report of Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety published
  • Former night worker took own life after moving to an early shift left him with insomnia
  • Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland to review meat cutting plants and cold stores, following two incidents of “serious non-compliance”
  • Government reportedly refuses grant of consent for hydraulic fracturing operations until company brings accounts up to date
  • Waste Enforcement (England and Wales) Regulations 2018
  • The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published its substitution strategy
  • From 1 April 2018: offence for landlords to grant / renew tenancy of a private rented property unless it has an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of at least “E”
  • European Commission publishes a number of notices to stakeholders setting out the consequences of Brexit under different EU legislative regimes – UK to be treated as a “third country”
  • The Environment Agency’s revived “definition of waste panel” is expected to open in April – likely initial administration fee of £750
  • Severn Trent has prosecuted Arrow Environmental Services for illegal discharges into its sewers
  • Landowners liable in common law nuisance for a 10% diminution in the value of a neighbour’s house for allowing Japanese knotweed to spread from her land (a County Court case)
  • The Court of Appeal judgment in Okpabi and others v. Royal Dutch Shell Plc and another regarding parent liability for a subsidiary

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