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Health and Safety Legislation Changes 2020 | What you need to know

Health and Safety Legislation Changes 2020 | What you need to know

Date: 26th March 2020 | By: Claire Malley | Categories: Coronavirus, Health and Safety Legislation, Risk Assessment

health and safety legislation changes 2020We understand that it’s not easy for businesses to keep up to date with the latest key changes in health and safety, so here is a round-up of the latest health & safety legislation changes coming into force in March 2020.

Key Health and Safety Legislation Changes 2020

Coronavirus Act 2020

The introduction of a range of emergency provisions in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Ranging from the emergency registration of health professionals, temporary modification of mental health and mental capacity legislation, the power to require information relating to food chains. (26th March 2020)

Public Health, England: The Health Protection (Notification) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

These regulations amend the Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010 (S.I. 2010/659). They apply to England only. Regulation 2(2) adds COVID-19 to the list of notifiable diseases in Schedule 1. Regulation 2(3) adds SARS-CoV 2 to the list of causative agents in Schedule 2. A full impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument because no, or no significant, impact on the private, voluntary or public sector is foreseen. (5th March 2020)

Environmental Protection England Amendment Order

The single use of carrier bag charges (England) – This Order amends the Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015 Article 3 amends the list of “excluded bags” so that the obligation to charge for a single use carrier bag does not apply to bags intended to be used solely to carry goods purchased for home delivery as part of an online grocery delivery service. Such bags would be excluded from the obligation to charge from 21st March to 21st September 2020 only. (21st March 2020)

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EH40/2005 (updated to 4th Edition)

The HSE has recently published a revised version of EH40/2005 which details some new and revised Workplace Exposure Limits for 13 carcinogenic substances which came into force from 17th January 2020. These revised limits may mean that you need to review your COSHH risk assessments to ensure exposure is controlled to as low as reasonably practicable.

The new or revised entries are for the following substances:

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