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Headquartered in Brussels and Washington, DC, Enhesa’s team of highly trained and experienced, multilingual consultants has the extensive expertise to keep companies ahead of the latest regulatory policy issues as they unfold in over 300 jurisdictions around the world.

The following overview provides the European Update on New Health & Safety Regulations with the indicative title in English, date of adoption and the Enhesa reference number.

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From December 2019 to March 2020, many new regulations of interest to industry were adopted or published in Europe and United Kingdom.

Noted below are many of these significant regulatory developments.

Belgium

• FEDERAL: Facilities must comply with new and stricter exposure limits for chemical substances at the workplace – 21-Jan-2020 [77946]

Bulgaria

• New requirements concerning periodic measurements and required information for workers exposed to carcinogens and mutagens – 17-Jan-2020 [78366]

Croatia

• A Companies that manufacture, market or use sources of optical radiation to comply with additional occupational exposure limit values and radiation protection measures – 08-Jan-2020 [78413]

• Employers now required to periodically review their plan of measures to eliminate or reduce the level of danger at the workplace – 31-Dec-2019 [78089]

Czech Republic

• Companies must comply with stricter rules and exposure limits for carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic substances as well as chemical substances and dust in the future – 17-Feb-2020 [78437]

• Updated templates to be used by companies storing mercury waste – 01-Sep-2019 [77633]

Denmark

• Companies must comply with new restrictions on re-circulation of air containing breathable crystalline silica in the working environment – 13-Dec-2019 [77902]

• Companies must comply with new restrictions on re-circulation of air containing breathable crystalline silica in the working environment – 13-Dec-2019 [77967]

• Companies to comply with stricter limit values and amended classifications for chemicals and substances in the working environment – 19-Nov-2019 [77979]

• Employers subject to increased enforcement costs, can opt to enter enforcement agreements and may no longer need to consult a certified health and safety expert – 28-Dec-2019 [77947]

Estonia

• Stricter requirements for carcinogenic substances at the workplace – 17-Oct-2019 [78469]

European Union

• 11 further SVHC subject to authorisation requirements – 07-Feb-2020 [78197]

• 11 further SVHC subject to authorisation requirements – 07-Feb-2020 [78417]

• 11 further SVHC subject to authorisation requirements – 07-Feb-2020 [78476]

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• Classification and labelling rules for substances and mixtures aligned with the 5th revision of GHS – 14-Jun-2016 [78470]

• Entry into force of harmonised rules for submission of emergency health response information for mixtures for consumer use postponed to 1 January 2021 – 10-Jan-2020 [77788]

• European Commission granted 2 authorisations to use chromium trioxide –

17-Jan-2020 [77915]

• New or revised harmonised classification and labelling requirements for 28 substances under the 14th ATP to the CLP Regulation – 18-Feb-2020 [78334]

Finland

• Binding limit values introduced for 22 additional carcinogens at the workplace – 19-Dec-2019 [77786]

• Higher tax for liquid fuels as of 1 August 2020 – 31-Jan-2020 [78141]

• Minor adjustments to Decree on maritime transport of dangerous goods – 02-Dec-2019 [77419]

• Reviewed Decree on external emergency plans for special risk facilities issued together with guidance – 20-Dec-2019 [77744]

France

• Companies operating activities involving air compressor must comply with recalls of some products – 20-Feb-2020 [78363]

• Companies to comply with less stringent zone determination for occupational exposure to sources of ionising radiation. – 01-Feb-2020 [78202]

• Companies to comply with less stringent zone determination for occupational exposure to sources of ionising radiation. – 01-Feb-2020 [78409]

• Companies will have to comply with an updated list of occupational exposure limit values for chemical agents present in the atmosphere –

29-Dec-2019 [77731]

• Facilities holding, using, manufacturing, distributing, importing, exporting or transporting sources of ionising radiation will have to set up a protection system against malicious acts – 11-Dec-2019 [77642]

• Facilities transporting dangerous goods can now open packages of water treatment products in Intermediate Bulk Containers and fuels intended for combustion engines during transport – 21-Dec-2019 [77694]

• Further precision on the training of the adviser on radiation protection provided – 21-Dec-2019 [77708]

• Minor amendment to the Order on identification of asbestos – 30-Jan-2020 [78137]

• Specification of the list of collective security operations that can be mutualised between the members of an industrial platform – 11-Jan-2020 [77889]

• Specified declaration procedure for companies importing or exporting HFC – 26-Dec-2019 [77693]

• Specified declaration procedure for companies importing or exporting HFC – 26-Dec-2019 [77992]

Germany

• Bay: New Bavarian Immission Control Act adapts to changes made in the Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchG) – 10-Dec-2019 [78317]

• He: Scope of risk prevention inspections set out in recast of Ordinance on Risk Prevention Inspections (GVSVO He 2020) – 17-Dec-2019 [77973]

• SA: Safety of Furnaces and Assembly Rooms adapted – 10-Jan-2020 [78316]

Greece

• Facilities with operations involving mercury will be required to reduce or eliminate the use of mercury in their operations – 18-Feb-2020 [78393]

• Minor changes introduced to methods of assessment of deficiencies of vehicles during periodic roadworthiness tests – 21-Feb-2020 [78471]

Hungary

• Additional obligations for transmission system operators – 15-Dec-2019 [77787]

• Additional obligations for transmission system operators – 15-Dec-2019 [78023]

• Companies can benefit from increased clarity on the categories of construction professionals – 15-Dec-2019 [77811]

• New obligations regarding notifications and keeping of records for employers in the field of occupational health and safety – 31-Dec-2019 [77908]

• New obligations regarding notifications and keeping of records for employers in the field of occupational health and safety – 31-Dec-2019 [77977]

• New obligations regarding notifications and keeping of records for employers in the field of occupational health and safety – 31-Dec-2019 [78021]

Ireland

• Adopted Regulations on Materials and Articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs – 24-Feb-2003 [78126]

• Minor amendments and new retail distribution exemption introduced to the ADR – 13-Jun-2018 [77968]

Italy

• Companies operating in areas affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-2019) could be asked to suspend working activities – 22-Feb-2020 [78387]

• Companies operating in areas affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-2019) could be asked to suspend working activities – 25-Feb-2020 [78444]

• The list of qualified entities for the inspection of working equipment has been updated – 14-Feb-2020 [78364]

Luxembourg

• Companies have to comply with an extended list of carcinogens and their occupational exposure limit values – 30-Jan-2020 [78436]

Netherlands

• Crane operators, dive doctors and gas experts of tankers must, in the near future, register in the persons register of the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment – 13-Dec-2019 [77624]

• Emissions during coal gasification classed as a carcinogenic process(update SZW list 2020-January) – 31-Dec-2019 [78388]

• Facilities must comply with stricter or new occupational exposure limit values for certain carcinogenic substances – 02-Dec-2019 [77437]

• Norms for laboratories updated and list with different types of waste aligned with the national waste plan – 20-May-2019 [77534]

Norway

• Harmonised rules for submission of emergency health response information under REACH implemented – 11-Jul-2017 [78350]

• Information on ESH-cards required on construction sites must be modified to tone down its semblance to an identity card – 20-Dec-2019 [78092]

Portugal

• Regulation on the installation, operation, repair and modification of equipment under pressure adopted – [77725]

Serbia

• Derogation for vibration exposure limits introduced by amended Rulebook on preventative measures for safe and healthy work when exposed to vibration – 06-Dec-2019 [77478]

Spain

• BASQUE COUNTRY: Companies that have to register environmental-related activities or data online must do it through the information system Ingurunet – 27-Jan-2020 [78375]

• Building owners to comply with further energy efficiency, fire safety and radon mitigation obligations as of June 2020 – 27-Jan-2020 [78158]

• VALENCIAN COMMUNITY: Companies with occupational risk prevention services that perform occupational health surveillance must report key information to the Health Authorities. – 25-Nov-2019 [77634]

Sweden

• Companies must take certain measures if workers are exposed to respirable crystalline quartz dust or asbestos-containing dust – [77513]

Switzerland

• Companies must meet stricter obligations following the amendment to several annexes of the Ordinance on Chemical Risk Reduction – 17-Apr-2019 [77865]

Turkey

• Certain appliances and equipment are subject to a new import permit for the year 2020 – 27-Dec-2019 [77850]

• Certain substances may be imported under strict conditions – 30-Dec-2018 [77854]

• Companies importing certain PPE must obtain a new TAREKs number – 30-Dec-2018 [77852]

• More substances are subject to restrictions related to narcotics – 25-Jan-2020 [78398]

• New online system will be set up to upload hazardous goods transport documents – [78020]

United Kingdom

• Change to the duty holder of occupational health and safety requirements in mines – 16-Dec-2014 [78077]

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Enhesa is an international environmental, health and safety consulting firm providing EHS and product regulatory assurance support to businesses worldwide.

Over the past 20 years Enhesa has built a knowledgebase of EHS regulations, which includes the What of business requirements, the How to develop cost-effective solutions and the When of enforcement activities.

Headquartered in Brussels and Washington, DC, Enhesa’s team of highly trained and experienced, multilingual consultants has the extensive expertise to keep companies ahead of the latest regulatory policy issues as they unfold in over 300 jurisdictions around the world.