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Workshops on the EU Construction & Demolition Waste Management Protocol in 6 EU capitals | EC | July 2017

Local stakeholders in the construction and waste sectors are coming together with the European Commission in Portugal, Ireland, Croatia, Slovakia, Romania and Spain to discuss construction & demolition waste, and in particular the management of it.

20/07/2017

EU countries compliance with EU law not yet good enough | EC | July 2017

The online Single Market Scoreboard, published today (6th July 2017), shows that whilst most barriers to the free movement of persons, services, goods and capital are being eliminated, in some fields the situation is stalling or even worsening.

14/07/2017

Guidance on substances in articles updated | ECHA | June 2017

ECHA has published a comprehensive update to its Guidance on requirements for substances in articles. It gives more clarity on the communication and notification obligations of companies when substances of very high concern are contained in articles.

28/06/2017

EU observatory for nanomaterials launched | ECHA | June 2017

ECHA publishes a new website that gives citizens, workers and professionals access to information on nanomaterials on the EU market in 23 languages.

19/06/2017

Happy Birthday ECHA - 10 years making chemicals safer in Europe | June 2017

On 1 June 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is 10 years old. ECHA has been working to protect human health and the environment from the toxic effects of chemicals, promote their safe use, control the most dangerous ones and encourage innovation.

01/06/2017

EU publishes further restriction on Mercury and its compounds | May 2017

EU 2017/852 has been published repealing Regulation EC 1102/2008.

This regulation adds to the drive across the European Union as enactment of the Minamata Convention on mercury 2013 to remove mercury and its compounds from the supply chain by placing restriction on the import, use in manufacturing and export of materials and products containing mercury.

24/05/2017

EU publishes EU 2017/821 “Conflict Minerals” | May 2017

17th May Brussels – The European Parliament publishes regulations laying down due diligence obligations for those businesses importing to the European Union: Tin, Tantalum, Tungsten (their ores) and Gold originating from conflict affected high risk areas.

19/05/2017

Rapex 2016 annual report available | May 2017

The Rapid Alert System enables quick exchange of information between 31 European countries and the European Commission about dangerous non-food products posing a risk to health and safety of consumers.

10/05/2017

Will your branch break the law in June? | April 2017

Deadline Before 31st May 2017

Thursday 1st June 2017 is the date set in the Classification, Labelling & Packaging Regulations (CLP) when it will become illegal to supply (chemical) substances and mixtures carrying the old classification system markings on materials such as cements, mortars, grouts, adhesives, sealants, aerosols, paints.

02/05/2017

Restriction proposal adopted on four phthalates | April 2017

Restriction proposal adopted on four phthalates.

The Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and the Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) agreed on a restriction proposal on four phthalates (DEHP, DBP, DIBP and BBP) in articles and on TDFA in sprays used by the general public. 

18/04/2017

What biocidal substances can be used to treat products | April 2017

Do you market treated articles? For example paints that contain an in-can preservative, timber products treated with fungicide or sofas where the fabric has been treated with a preservative.

12/04/2017

HSE updates its guidance pages regarding the supply of new products to market | March 2017

This is to reflect  that a number of New Legislative Framework (NLF) alignment Directives concerning: electrical equipment (Low Voltage Directive), pressure equipment (PED), simple pressure vessels (SPVD), equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (ATEX), and lifts (LD) have now been implemented in to UK Law.

13/03/2017

Flame Retardant decaBDE (bis(pentabromophenyl)ether) given sunset date | March 2017

In Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, the following entry is added:

Entry No 67

Bis(pentabromophenyl)ether (decabromodiphenyl ether; decaBDE) CAS No 1163-19-5, EC No 214-604-9

08/03/2017

Eco-Labelling of wood floor products – new criteria published | February 2017

A new product group "Wood-, Cork- and Bamboo-based Floor Coverings" is replacing the previous criteria for "Wooden Floor Coverings", enlarging the scope of floor covering products.

14/02/2017

CLP Update - Major Changes to Poison Centre Requirements | February 2017

A significant update to the CLP Regulation will see Poison Centre information harmonised across the EU, the addition of a new Annex VIII into the CLP Regulation and is expected to be adopted by the end of February 2017.

14/02/2017

ADR 2017 Is Now Available for download | January 2017

ADR is the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road with the 2017 version released online by UNECE (The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) this week.

06/01/2017

No time to lose: a cross industry commitment to tackle respirable crystalline silica | January 2017

Research suggests that in Britain nearly 800 people die a year from lung cancer caused by breathing in silica dust at work. In the European Union, around 7,000 cases of lung cancer are caused by this carcinogen annually. Worldwide, it’s estimated that millions of employees are exposed to silica dust.

04/01/2017

EU conflict minerals | December 2016

On 22 November 2016, the EU Institutions reached an agreement on the final shape of an EU Regulation on conflict minerals, which aims to stop the financing of armed groups in developing countries through the trade of the following substances:

Tin [CAS# 7440-31-5]

Tantalum [CAS# 7440-25-7]

Tungsten [CAS# 7440-33-7]

Gold [CAS# 7440-57-5]

The agreement on the Regulation, brokered by the EU Commission, will ensure that the vast majority of these minerals and metals imported to the EU are sourced responsibly.

02/12/2016

Let's launch our Case for a Fire Safety Strategy! | December 2016

EOTA, through its Members (TABs), provides for the necessary tools to individually assess construction products with regard to their reaction and resistance to fire. Therefore, EOTA is pleased to be supporting the involvement in Fire Safety as being a major issue for coordinated action in Europe.

02/12/2016

Updated interactive Guide on safety data sheets and exposure scenarios | November 2016

Updated interactive Guide on safety data sheets and exposure scenarios available.

16/11/2016

Respirable crystalline silica on construction sites: new European Guidance for Labour Inspectors launched | November 2016

The Senior Labour Inspectors’ Committee (SLIC) together with the Dutch ministry of Labour (labour inspection) have published guidance for National Labour Inspectors on addressing risks to workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) on construction sites.

 

15/11/2016

Regulatory Delivery Enforcement FLEGT Update | September 2016

The EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Regulation establishes rules for the import of timber products covered by Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) between the EU and timber-exporting countries. Once VPAs are fully implemented, timber-exporting countries will issue FLEGT licenses which verify the timber’s legality.

29/09/2016

Guidance on labelling and packaging in accordance with CLP updated | September 2016

This update of the Guidance on labelling and packaging in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 consists of a full revision of the guidance.

07/09/2016

List of harmonised classifications updated | August 2016

The European Commission has recently amended the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation, updating the list of substances with a harmonised classification. Companies have to apply the revised classifications for the safe use of these chemicals by 1 March 2018 at the latest. EU 2016/1179

24/08/2016

Preservative to be removed from hand creams, sun screens and other cosmetic products | August 2016

Methylisothiazolinone [CAS# 2682-20-4] a.k.a MIT

The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has concluded that current clinical data indicates that the concentration of 100 ppm of Methylisothiazolinone in cosmetic products is not safe for the consumer.

08/08/2016

ASFP: Standards and BREXIT and Commission issues consultation on indicators for environmental performance of buildings framework | July 2016

BSI, as the UK’s National Standards Body appointed by the UK Government, is a Member of CEN and CENELEC and has issued a statement stating that they see no change to BSI’s status and obligations as a full member of CEN and CENELEC in light of BREXIT.  

12/07/2016

Control of Electro Magnetic Fields at Work Regulations | July 2016

1st July 2016 the Control of Electro Magnetic Fields at Work Regulations (2016) come in to force.

07/07/2016

Child Resistant Packaging | June 2016

An enforcement project has shown that a high proportion of products with hazardous chemicals that should be sold in packaging with child resistant fastenings and can be found on supermarket shelves in the EU, do not comply with the CLP requirements and do not adequately protect children.

21/06/2016

Product labelling for the UK(EU) market | June 2016

All EU manufacturers, importers and distributors of chemical substances, mixtures and certain articles must apply CLP labelling to new production and support the supply with a CLP format SDS.

16/06/2016

EFBWW policy paper on chemicals and the carcinogens Directive | June 2016

On May 13th, the European Commission presented a draft for a revised Directive for the protection of workers against the exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at the workplace.

The European Federation of Building and Woodworkers welcomes the proposal, but has made additional requests in a policy paper available in five languages regarding a number of carcinogens and the inclusion of reprotoxicants into the scope of the Directive.

14/06/2016

Commission proposes better workers' protection against cancer-causing | May 2016

Based on input from scientists, employers, workers, Member States' representatives and labour inspectors, the Commission has proposed limit values for 13 of a list of priority chemical agents identified through the consultation process. For the remaining chemical agents there is additional analysis to be done and a proposal for limit values will follow by end 2016.

17/05/2016

Rapex 2015 annual report available | May 2016

The Rapid Alert System enables quick exchange of information between 31 European countries and the European Commission about dangerous non-food products posing a risk to health and safety of consumers.

06/05/2016

PPE - no longer the manufacturers sole responsibility under EU 2016/452 | April 2016

The PPE Directive was one of the first New Approach Directives and is now over 20 years old. in order to reflect current technologies and processes for developing and bringing PPE to the market, it is in the process of being superseded by a new PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425.

 

22/04/2016

The Low Voltage Directive (LVD) | Europa.EU | April 2016

The Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2006/95/EC ensures that electrical equipment within certain voltage limits provides a high level of protection for European citizens, and benefits fully from the Single Market. However, as of 20 April, 2016, this Directive will be repealed by the new LVD Directive 2014/35/EU.

06/04/2016

All HM Government construction tenders need to demonstrate BIM Level 2 | BSI | April 2016

All HM Government construction tenders need to demonstrate BIM Level 2
after 4 April 2016

05/04/2016

ECHA Guide - Tips for users of Chemicals in the Workplace | ECHA | March 2016

A short guide for users of chemicals in the workplace on how to get the most from the classification and labelling information you receive

05/04/2016

Industry News | Fortis | Issue 9 | February 2016

For over a year SIG Assured has established itself in the industry as an important resource for contractors and continues to grow in strength.

03/03/2016

The new sentencing guidelines: is your board prepared? | SHP | Mon 1st February 2016

The new sentencing guidelines for health & safety offences are in force from today, 1 February 2016. They were intended to increase the level of fines, particularly for larger organisations. However, unintended consequences of the way punishments are now calculated mean that judges will be forced to hand out very much greater fines than expected and send many more directors, managers and junior employees to jail for breaching health & safety laws.

01/02/2016

CSCS skills cards revoked after 'dodgy' safety tests | Construction Enquirer | Mon 25th January 2016

4,615 skills cards revoked after 'dodgy' safety tests.  Thousands of industry skills cards have been revoked following fraud at five test centres.

26/01/2016

Amendment to manner in which chemical information is displayed | ECHA | Wed 20th January 2016

ECHA have changed the manner in which information on chemicals is presented

20/01/2016

Many companies still miss their registration duties | ECHA | Thu 10th December 2015

The third REACH-EN-FORCE project by ECHA's Enforcement Forum shows that 13 % of inspected companies have missed some of their REACH registration duties. Only representatives and importers are more at risk of non-compliance than manufacturers of substances.

10/12/2015

REACH Guidance document on use description updated | ECHA | Tue 8 December 2015

ECHA has published an update of Chapter R.12 of the Guidance on information requirements and chemical safety assessment (IR&CSA) on use description.

10/12/2015

Guidance on the compilation of safety data sheets | ECHA | November 2015

ECHA has published a corrigendum to the Guidance on the compilation of safety data sheets to correct the quotation of the legal text of Regulation (EU) 2015/830 and the highlighting of the new legal text in some of the translated versions. Minor editorial corrections have also been made in all language versions (except Danish).

18/11/2015

FEIE announces strategy for 2016 chemicals & 2017 articles through internet trade| ECHA | Tues 10th November 2015

At its November meeting, the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement decided on two new pilot projects for 2016 and 2017.

12/11/2015

ECHA will update the Guidance on substances in articles | ECHA | Weds 30th September 2015

Following the judgement of the Court of Justice, ECHA will update its Guidance on requirements for substances in articles in two stages.

01/10/2015

CE Marking for Construction Products Step by Step | Europa | Tues 8th September 2015

CE marking for construction products 'step-by-step' guide now available in all EU languages

18/09/2015

Notify ECHA of your uses covered by a REACH authorisation| European Chemicals Agency | Wed 16th September 2015

ECHA/NA/15/31 - If you use a substance for which an actor up your supply chain has an authorisation, you have to notify your use of that substance to ECHA.

16/09/2015

ECHA Publishes New Support Pages | The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) | Thu 4th September 2015

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has produced new support pages and concise guidance regarding chemical safety in the EU supply chain.

04/09/2015

Welding warning over Chinese rebar | Grant Prior | Fri 16th January 2015

Construction companies are being urged to check their rebar stocks following the latest warning over the quality of Chinese imports.

06/05/2015

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 | HSE / Association for Specialist Fire Protection | Mon 23rd February 2015

Manufacturers of construction products need to be aware of the following areas of obligation under these Regulations

06/05/2015
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