HOW DOES YOUR BUSINESS MEASURE UP?
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched its Corporate Health and Safety Performance Indicator (CHaSPI) and unveiled a third round of case studies highlighting the vital role that directors play in health and safety.


HAZARDOUS WASTE REGULATIONS
The new hazardous waste regulations came into force on July 16th. These change the situation in several ways: * Some waste that is currently not Special will become Hazardous and vice versa. * You will have to notify your premises to the EA as a hazardous waste producer before July 16th this year (exemptions do not apply to industrial premises). * You no longer need to pre-notify hazardous waste movements as you did with Special Waste, although each load will still need a consignment note.


ASBOs
More use should be made of Anti Social Behavior Orders (ASBOs) to prevent environmental crime, the Environment Agency said today (Thursday). Publishing its annual 'Spotlight' report on the environmental performance of businesses in England and Wales, the Environment Agency said that criminals are exploiting the public and profiting illegally from dumping and other damaging activities.


INDUSTRY EXCEEDS CLIMATE-CHANGE TARGET
A government report has declared UK industry has been cutting carbon dioxide emissions twice as quickly as firms agreed under plans to improve the environment. In 2004, companies reduced carbon dioxide output by 14.4 million tonnes, more than double the target they were set. The biggest manufacturers trimmed emissions by 8.9 tonnes


ARE YOU READY FOR THE OIL REGULATIONS
The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001 have been phased in over four years, and by the 1st September 2005 all commercial, industrial sites storing oil above ground in containers of more than 200 litres, and domestic stores of 3,500 litres plus, must comply with a set of minimum standards.


WORK IS ESSENTIAL FOR GOOD HEALTH
HSE has launched a new guide for safety and other trade union representatives, offering practical advice on long-term sickness absence and return to work issues. The Health and Safety Commission in a new strategy for Workplace Health and Safety have recognised the need to strengthen the role of health and safety in getting people back to work. HSE has published advice to help trade union officials to implement solutions to reduce sickness absence in the work place.


NEW CONTROL OF VIBRATIONS AT WORK REGS
The Control of Vibrations at Work Regulations 2005 (SI 2005 No. 1093) came into force on the 6th July 2005. The Regulations impose duties on employers to protect employees who may be at risk of exposure to vibrations at work, and other persons who may be affected by the work.

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