Governments and other bodies regularly consult IOSH on policy issues relating to occupational safety and health. Our Consultation process looks to present policymakers with IOSH members’ opinions about what affects them the most
Building a Safer Future – Proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system
This UK Government consultation builds on the recommendations from Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, conducted following the Grenfell Tower fire. It proposes fundamental reform of building safety requirements, with the aim that residents are safe, and feel safe, in their homes. The consultation document reports on what action has been taken so far; sets out proposals for reform; seeks answers to questions; and provides several informative annexes, including one that assesses costs and benefits of the proposals. There is also a concurrent call for evidence from the Home Office about the application of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in England.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – call for evidence
In this call for evidence, the UK Home Office is seeking feedback on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO), which underpins fire safety in business premises, such as offices, warehouses, shops and commercial venues, to ensure it is fit for purpose. Employers, employees, business owners, fire safety professionals and others are asked for evidence, experience and views on the application of the FSO and fire safety in non-domestic premises, including workplaces and the parts used in common in multi-occupied residential buildings in England. This call for evidence complements the government's concurrent consultation, Building a Safer Future, and responses from it may be shared with the consultation team, to inform policy.
HSE Consultation (CD287) – Carcinogens and Mutagens – Revision of limit values in EH40/2005 “Workplace Exposure Limits”
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is consulting on the implementation of Directive 2017/2398 which amends Directive 2004/37/EC. This introduces 11 new occupational exposure limits values (OELVs) and amends 2 existing OELVs for substances to help protect workers from the ill-health effects of exposure to carcinogens and mutagens in the workplace.
This consultation relates to the IOSH collective response to the HSE regarding the above changes. It seeks your views on:
- the initial assessment of the costs and benefits of the new and changed OELVs as set out in the impact assessment;
- the proposed transposition approach.
This consultation relates to regulations that will apply in England, Scotland and Wales.
The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland will follow a similar process for implementing the Directive in Northern Ireland.
This consultation relates to the implementation of Directive 2017/2398 which amends the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD) 2004/37/EC and The Directive also classifies Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) as a carcinogen where it is generated because of a work process. Skin notations for four substances are also added.
OELVs are set to help protect workers from the ill-health effects of exposure to hazardous substances. In the case of CMD this is in relation to substances that are carcinogens or mutagens. The CMD amending directive (2017/2398) adds 11 and amends 2 existing OELVs in the original CMD. It requires Members States to establish, or amend, their national exposure limits to match those in the Directive.
The original CMD contained binding OELVs for 3 carcinogenic substances (Hardwood dust, Benzene and Vinyl Chloride Monomer). In the UK these limit values are transposed as Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) in the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publication EH40/2005.
The consultation will focus on the initial limits which come into effect in January 2020. Directive 2017/2398 also includes extended transition periods for further lower limits for hardwood dust and chromium (VI) (see Table A). HSE will carry out a further consultation on these limits at a later stage.
Directive 2017/2398 came into force on 17 January 2018 and EU Member State have until 17 January 2020 to transpose its requirements into their national legislation. This Consultative Document sets out the HSE’s proposals for establishing Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) for the substances listed in the Directive, subject to the ongoing negotiations on our relationship with the EU.
The HSE are proposing setting 11 new and binding OELVs and amending 2 existing OELVs for carcinogenic substances to help protect workers from the ill-health effects of exposure to these substances in the workplace.
A draft Impact Assessment (IA) has been prepared, which sets out HSE’s current assessment of the potential impacts on businesses of implementing the Directive, including the research and stakeholder engagement undertaken to date. This assessment estimates that there should not be significant additional costs, because either the OELV is not significantly lower than the existing WEL, there is little or no use in GB, or, businesses should already be meeting the WEL if they have adequate controls in place under current requirements.
Some of the likely industries to be affected by the proposed changes for the 13 substances include:
- Manufacturing (foundries, steel making, chemical manufacturing, welding and fabrication)
- Food and Drinks Industry
- Mining and Tunnelling
- Pharmaceuticals and Chemical Manufacturing
- Energy Production
- Woodworking industry
- Textiles industry
- Waste-water and water treatment industry
A summary of the proposed changes to WEL to the 13 substances is documented on this table.
We invited IOSH members to send us comments on Carcinogens and Mutagens - revision of limit values in EH40/2005 "Workplace Exposure Limits" to help inform an IOSH submission, by 7 June 2019
Technical review of Approved Document B of the Building Regulations – a call for evidence
This UK Government call for evidence seeks views on the future technical guidance contained within Approved Document B (fire safety) (ADB). This document provides statutory guidance on how compliance can be achieved with the functional requirements of paragraphs B1-B5 of Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations 2010. The consultation is intended to inform the Government’s delivery of its commitment to conduct a full-scale review of the guidelines.
Periodic review: 2018 draft determination
This consultation seeks views on Office of Rail and Road’s (ORR) draft determination on the 2018 Periodic Review.
Banning the use of combustible materials in the external walls of high-rise residential buildings
About this consultation
In this consultation, the UK Government department MHCLG seeks views on proposals to ban the use of combustible materials in the external walls of high-rise residential buildings in England. It asks 9 consultation questions and gives respondents a number of ways to respond. Evidence gathered via this consultation will help inform an impact assessment to be published alongside the Government’s final decision.
Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland’s Draft Corporate Plan 2018-2023
This consultation relates to HSENI’s five-year Corporate Plan for the period 2018-2023 which presents HSENI’s commitment to improving health and safety standards across all work sectors in Northern Ireland.
Approved Document B (fire safety): amendments to statutory guidance on assessments in lieu of tests
About this consultation
The Grenfell Tower disaster and the subsequent findings of Dame Judith Hackitt’s interim report into building regulations and fire safety raised a number of questions. These included the adequacy of the current building regulations and statutory guidance, particularly Approved Document B. This consultation suggests ways to improve this document and seeks expert opinion on whether those changes would work. It further provides an ‘impact assessment’ for comment.
Health and Safety Authority’s Statement of Strategy 2019-2021
About this consultation
The Health and Safety Authority is preparing a strategy statement for the three-year period 2019-2021, under Section 43 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. While the strategy specifically focuses on the period 2019 to 2021 the vision, mission and values have relevance for a longer time horizon out to 2025.
The HSA is the national statutory body in Ireland with responsibility for ensuring that over 2 million workers (employed and self-employed) and those affected by work activity are protected from work related injury and ill-health. It’s also the lead National Competent Authority for a number of chemicals regulations and a key agency involved in market surveillance and ensuring the safety of products used in workplaces and consumer applications.
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Policy Consultations
About this consultation
The EBRD is owned by 66 countries from 5 continents and two intergovernmental institutions, the European Union and European Investment Bank. It works together with the private sector, to invest in projects, engage in policy dialogue and provide technical advice, operating in more than 36 economies, from the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, to Central and Eastern Europe, to Central Asia. EBRD operations span a range of industries, from agribusiness to infrastructure to transport.