Toxicity expert resigns from Grenfell Scientific Advisory Group

15 August 2019

Professor Anna Stec has resigned from Grenfell Tower’s Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) investigating potential contamination from chemicals created in the June 2017 fire, stating “nothing is in place” to assess environmental and health risks.

New guidance on occupational exposure limits

15 August 2019

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published new guidance on preparing a scientific report for health-based exposure limits and occupational exposure limits (OELs) at the workplace.

BAT draft on surface treatment of wood using organic solvents

15 August 2019

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre has published the final draft of the Best Available Techniques (BAT) document on surface treatment using organic solvents including preservation of wood and wood products with chemicals under the Industrial Emissions Directive 2010/75/EU (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control).

Draft Regulation amending Annex VIII of CLP

13 August 2019

The European Commission sent to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) a draft regulation on Friday 19th July 2019 amending Annex VIII, including delaying the first notification deadline to 1 Jan 2021.

Carriage of Dangerous Goods prohibition notices — February 2019

6 August 2019

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a list of Carriage of Dangerous Goods prohibition notices issued by the police, issued by Police or Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) or the Department for Transport for February 2019.

Update on progress towards post-Brexit Environment Bill

1 August 2019

In one of his last policy acts as Environment Secretary, Michael Gove set out the Government’s ambitions for the full Environment Bill in an updated summer policy statement with firm positions, following a range of consultations, on issues ranging from trees to water to recycling.