Occupational exposure limits (OELs)

29 November 2019

Caroline Raine looks at occupational exposure limits (OELs), how they are implemented in the UK and what future legal requirements are likely to involve.

Compiling safety data sheets: REACH Annex II

29 November 2019

Caroline Raine discusses the forthcoming changes to safety data sheets following the draft publication of the REACH Annex II regulations. The draft regulations are currently undergoing consultation but are expected to be published soon and will require all safety data sheets to be updated by the end of December 2022.

The Traffic Commissioners’ Annual Report 2019

29 November 2019

Each year in October the Traffic Commissioners (TCs) produce a report to the Secretary of State for Transport in which they summarise their performance to date and set out their strategic plans for the near future. The report also contains detailed statistics on the operator licensing system and items of concern to the TCs. In this article Richard Smith looks at the state of the industry shown by the data and the issues of concern to TCs with respect to road haulage.

Brexit Watch — Happy New Year?

29 November 2019

After nearly three years of emergency sittings of Parliament, crisis EU summits and last-minute deals, November 2019 was the month when nothing really happened as far as Brexit is concerned. This, of course, was because Prime Minister Boris Johnson finally got the general election which he had repeatedly said that he did not want and, as is traditional in the UK, the whole political system then went into what has become known as “purdah”.

Poison centres — recent developments

29 November 2019

In this feature article Caroline Raine discusses the recent developments with regards to the forthcoming legal requirement to notify hazardous mixtures to poison centres. Caroline reminds us of the legal obligations introduced by the new Annex VIII to EC Regulation 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) and provides an update on the supporting information made available by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Forthcoming trade events December 2019 and new year

29 November 2019

This regularly updated events calendar notifies importers and exporters of forthcoming conferences, seminars/workshops, trade shows, trade missions and networking opportunities worldwide.

Green election promises — what the manifestos tell us

29 November 2019

All the main political parties have now published their manifestos for what promises to be one of the most tightly contested elections in a generation. The highly contentious Brexit debate is still high on the media agenda, but the plethora of new pledges to protect the environment, and deal with a climate crisis, has become a key election issue for most parties. In this article John Barwise looks at how the main political parties intend to deliver a low carbon future and speculates on what’s achievable.

Supporting language development in the early years

28 November 2019

With increasing numbers of children starting school with poor speech and communication skills, it is essential that practitioners support young children’s language development in early years provisions. Early years staff play a key role in encouraging and supporting language acquisition as well as identifying any potential difficulties children may be experiencing, writes Elizabeth Walker.

Bribery and corporate hospitality

28 November 2019

What is and what is not allowed in corporate gifts and hospitality? What is the difference between an innocent gift and a potential bribe? Stuart Chamberlain, Croner-i author and senior employment law consultant, explains.