Legislative Calendar
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Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority) Regulations 199828th July


Informal consultation on the effectiveness of the division of regulatory responsibility between the HSE and the local authoritiesGB
Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations 20161st July


Implements the EU’s EMF directive. Introduces requiremnt to assess levels of EMF exposure against specific thresholds.GBhse.gov.uk
Explosives Regulations 2014 (amendment) Regulations 201620th April 2016Implements the recast of the Explosives for Civil Uses Directive. Changes include new requirements for the civil use of explosives to be accompanied by instructions and safety informationGBhse.gov.uk
Freight Containers (Safety Convention) (Amendment) Regulations 201626th

Feb 16

Amendments to the Freight Containers (Safety Convention) Regulations 1984. Proposals include major changes to the Safety Approval Plates and additional safety tests.GBhse.gov.uk
Definitive guideline for health and safety offences, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene offences1st Feb 16Gives judges a framework of tiered penalties based on the offending organisation’s turnover, the level of harm risked and culpability.England and Walesbit.ly
Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 201523rd Dec 15Transitional period for projects started before April 2015 ends. Works with more than one contractor must have appointed a principal designer.GBhse.gov.uk
Transportation of Directive 2013/35/EU on exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs)3rd Dec 15Proposed Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations will require duty holders to assess exposure to EMFsGBhse.gov.uk
Deregulation Act 20153rd Dec 15Turban wearing Sikhs do not have to wear head protection in any industries.GBhse.gov.uk
The Health and safety at Work ect. Act 1974 (General Duties of Self-Employed Persons ) (Prescribed Undertakings) Regulations 2015Oct-15Changes the law to exempt self-employed people whose work activity poses no potential risk to other workers or the public.GBhse.gov.uk
Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case ect) Regulations 2015Jul- 15Applies to offshore oil and gas operators, interoperating additional requirements of directive 2013/30/EUGB External Watershse.gov.uk
Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH) 2015Jun-15Main Duties unchanged from 1999 regs; lower tier operators must provide public information about their site and its hazards for the first time; both upper tier and lower tier operators must provide public information electronically.GBhse.gov.uk
Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012May-15Workers undertaking non-licensed work for the first time must have a medical examination before they start.England and Waleslegislation.gov.uk
Construction (Design and Management) regulations 2015Apr-15CDM coordinator replaced with principal designer, prescriptive requirements for duty holders to check contractors’ competence removed, CDM duties extended to domestic clients.GBhse.gov.uk
Road Traffic Act 1988Mar-15Section 5 amended to include an offence of driving under the influence of a controlled drug – including some prescription medications.England and Waleslexisurl.com