The Health and Safety Executive has recently issued a statement stating that regardless of the outcome of an EU-exit, the responsibility of protecting the health and safety of people within the workplace will remain the same. Invariably there will be a raft of changes required to facilitate the extraction from the EU but the HSE is advising that businesses should continue to manage their risk in a proportionate way.
The main changes to the regulations will predominately focus on the removal of references to the EU but requirements will remain the same as they are now with health and safety standards will be maintained.
In the statement, the HSE covers advice in the event of No-deal scenario with specifically covering topics including: Working with explosives, workplace equipment and machinery and chemical industry guidance (including biocides, CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging), PIC (Prior Informed Consent) regime, PPP (Plant Protection Products) and REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of Chemicals)). The minor amendments to the corresponding chemicals are underpinned by the UK’s commitment to the effective and safe management of chemicals which will not change after Brexit.
With regard to maintaining health and safety standards, the only noteworthy changes covered under The EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 are correcting minor inaccuracies, such as changing ‘European Union’ to ‘United Kingdom’. To support the Act, three HSE-led Statutory Instruments convert current EU regulation into domestic law:
- Chemicals (Health and Safety) and Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 link to external website
- Health and Safety (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018
- Health and Safety (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018
The HSE concludes their advisory statement by informing of an implementation period. This acknowledges that even though the UK will no longer be a Member State of the European Union, during this period market access will continue on current terms.
As a UK-based ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & ISO 45001 manufacturer of spill control and spill containment products, Empteezy has always; and will continue to ensure that it is fully compliant with the raft of legislation pertaining to the products it produces. We further give you are our assurance that we will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that our products remain compliant whatever the future may bring.
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