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UK and Ireland: COVID-19 – Legislation and Guidance Update

Health & Safety

(This blog post covers legislation & guidance relating to COVID-19 between 3rd November 2020– 7th January 2021) United Kingdom England/Wales The Environment Agency has published the following COVID-19 Regulatory Position Statements (RPS): Accumulating radioactive waste that you cannot transfer because of COVID-19 (RPS C13), Monitoring emissions from some environmental permitting…

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Tips for an Eco-Friendly Christmas

Environment

While Christmas in retail has started on November 1st, and often before, over the past few decades, the tradition of waiting until December 8th to kick it off in our homes seems to have fallen away this year with many decorating inside and out as early as mid-November. The bid…

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New Biological Agents Regulations and Code of Practice 2020

Legislation Update

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Biological Agents) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI No. 539 of 2020) amend the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Biological Agents) Regulations 2013 (SI No. 572 of 2013) to give effect to: Commission Directive (EU) 2019/1833 of 24 October 2019 relating to general worker…

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The UK Environment Bill: a long-term plan

Environment

The UK Environment Bill, a landmark legislation to protect and maintain the environment has resumed its passage (on Tuesday, 3 November) through Parliament after a brief hiatus due to the Coronavirus. What is the Bill? Although the legislation is still in the draft face and not currently in force, the…

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COVID-19 Legislation and Guidance Update October 2020

Health & Safety

(This blog post covers some of the key legislation & guidance issued between 16th September– 30th October, 2020) Ireland The Health and Safety Authority has published Guidance on Working from Home for Employers and Employees; attached to this Guidance is a homeworking risk assessment and checklist to assist organisations in…

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Ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in England

Environment

The ban on supplying or selling plastic straws and stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds came into force in England on Thursday 1st October, marking a major step in the Government’s fight against single-use plastic waste to protect the environment. Why ban single use plastics? Pollution of the environment with plastics…

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Autumn Legislative Programme Published

Legislation Update

Government Chief Whip Jack Chambers TD has published the legislative programme which contains numerous Bills for publication and priority by Ministers in the autumn Oireachtas session. The programme, which was approved by Cabinet on 15 September is published following extensive engagement and consultation in recent weeks with government departments, officials…

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UK and Ireland: COVID-19 Legislation and Guidance Update

Health & Safety

(This blog post covers some of predominate legislation & guidance between 18th July – 15 September 2020) Ireland The Planning and Development Act 2000 (Exempted Development) (No.3) Regulations 2020 (SI No. 293 of 2020) apply from 11 August 2020 and cease to have effect on the day on which Part 3 of…

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The Pandemic and Our Environment

Environment

The devastating hit to the economy from Covid-19 and the subsequent almost-global lockdown as we enter into a probable recession is most evident in the permanent closure of small business throughout towns and cities. We are seeing many of the once vibrant shop fronts and restaurants buzzing with a-la-carte diners…

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The company and the community: supporting public health

Corporate Social Responsibility

The voluntary sector response to the pandemic has also shown the contribution companies can potentially make to public health. This blog sets out the value of companies in supporting local neighbourhoods for sustainable environmental impact.   Workplace action The voluntary sector has been essential during phases of lockdown in providing…

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