Category: Legislation Update

Single use plastic products being restricted from the Irish Market

Environment

Single use plastic products being restricted from the Irish Market as of the 3rd of July 2021 Some Facts: Almost 26 million tonnes of plastic waste are generated in Europe every year 80% of marine litter is plastic 87% of Europeans are worried about the impact of plastic products in…

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

Legislation Update

(This blog post covers legislation and guidance between 11th June – 17th July) Ireland On the 10th of August 2020, Ireland enters into Phase 4, subject to government approval. The primary changes are: pubs, bars, hotel bars and casinos may reopen gatherings of up to 100 people indoors and 500 outdoors…

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UK and Ireland: Coronavirus – Legislation and Guidance Update

Legislation Update

(This blog post covers legislation & guidance between 14th May – 11th June Ireland The HSA has published “COVID-19 Templates and Checklists” to help employers open their businesses in a safe manner in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The Planning and Development Act 2000 (Section…

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