health and safety

Health and safety law changes outlined by HSE

The EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ensures that, regardless of Brexit, health and safety will be guaranteed for stakeholders immediately after the UK leaves the EU. 

UK health and safety law is likely to remain largely the same in the short-term, and guidance on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website suggests changes which will affect the landscape industry on the 1st January 2021 are confined to two areas:

  1. Management of chemicals:
    - Frameworks for biocidal products shall reflect current EU framework, but will operate independently. Link for more information 
    - EU chemicals classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) will be replaced in Great Britain by the GB CLP regulation Link for more information
    - Prior Informed Consent (PIC) for import and export of chemicals will be based on the existing EU system Link for more information
    - EU Plant Protection Product (PPP) legislation, including decisions on active substance and Maximum Residue Level will no longer apply Link for more information
    - EU Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) will be brought into UK law under UK REACH Link for more information

  2. Regulation of equipment and machinery:
    - The 'CE' marking that indicates conformity with standards for products sold within the European Economic Area (EEC) will be replaced by the UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) mark from January 2021.  CE marked workplace products will be accepted in the UK until 1st January 2022.  The table in this link lists the current EU legislation for specific goods, and the title of the corresponding UK legislation. Link for more information