Handling dangerous goods — loading and unloading

12 September 2017

In this article, Caroline Raine discusses the legal requirements for all participants that handle laid out on specific requirements for both loading and unloading dangerous goods.

Reporting of accidents involving dangerous goods

22 August 2017

In this article Andrew Shylan, of AJS HAZ Training, discusses the reporting of accidents that involve dangerous goods with information on what needs to be reported and how to make the report. There are also some top tips on what to consider when making plans.

The EU’s plans for the future of road transport

22 August 2017

It is a point easily forgotten — as the increasingly febrile debate about hard and soft Brexits continues in the UK — but the EU has not stopped law-making simply because one member is leaving and the European Commission is in fact pushing ahead with ambitious programmes in a number of sectors — including road transport. In this special report, Paul Clarke examines the EU’s proposals in detail and considers the extent to which they will affect, and/or be implemented by, the UK.

Roadside checks on emissions systems

15 August 2017

Drivers and operators of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) have been warned that from this month (August 2017), Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) examiners will be paying special attention to exhaust emission control systems during roadside checks. This is not — as has been reported in some places — a check on the actual emissions because that is not possible (apart from a visible check on smoke) on a roadside check but is a check to see that the fitted emission control devices have not been removed, disabled or modified to reduce their effectiveness. In this article, Richard Smith summarises the sort of things that DVSA examiners will be looking for and considers the problems of in-service emissions testing.

Supreme Court rules tribunal fees unlawful

8 August 2017

In what may be regarded as one of the most significant decisions in employment law in recent years, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on 26 July 2017 that tribunal fees are unlawful. The Government responded to this decision by announcing that these fees would be abolished with immediate effect.

Securing the post-Brexit workforce

5 July 2017

With the general election having created more doubt than certainty over the nature and shape of Brexit, and the negotiations underway, considerable concern is being expressed in a number of quarters over the implications for the workforce in the UK and the country’s ability to source the workers it needs in the future. These concerns relate not only to future immigration policy and legislation, but also the status of EU workers who are already employed in the UK. Worries about the future are being given sharper focus by events already happening on the ground, with reports that the numbers of EU nationals coming to Britain to work have fallen dramatically in some sectors in the wake of the outcome of last year’s referendum. Steve Vale, HR consultant, considers some of the recent reports and research, and looks for any clear implications for both the private and public sector.

Health and safety in the haulage yard

4 July 2017

Every employer has a duty to conduct suitable and sufficient risk assessments under health and safety legislation. This article by Grainne Kelly focuses on recent Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecutions or initiatives that indicate the range of hazards that an employer with a haulage yard should include in their risk assessments to meet this standard.