Coffee Roasters Beware – Health and Safety Executive UK issues Safety Alert!

What is the problem?  The HSE in the UK have issued a Safety Alert in relation to exposure to Diacetyl  vapour which can cause severe and irreversible lung disease.  HSE scientific studies indicated that heating Diacetyl above certain temperatures  significantly increases airborne concentrations and the potential for exposure above  occupational exposure limits (OELs). Exposure could […]

Reflecting on the 5th Anniversary of GDPR

Strengthening Data Protection and Privacy Across Ireland and Europe.   Introduction:  Five years ago, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect, marking a pivotal moment in the history of data protection and privacy. Since its implementation on May 25, 2018, GDPR has had a significant impact on individuals, organisations, and governments worldwide. As […]

IS 10101 – Changes in Wiring Rules

Principal Changes Introduced in IS 10101:2020: The information in this blog gives a flavour of the type of changes in the 2020 standard. Please ensure that the Registered Electrical Contractor you use in any new designs or installations is fully aware of the detail in the standard and the requirements to ensure compliance. The new […]

IS 10101 – Timeline for New Electrical Wiring Rules

I.S. 10101:2020 The NSAI published the 5th Edition National Rules for Electrical Installations, IS 10101:2020 on 6 March 2020. This replaced the 4th Edition, ET 101:2008. Enforcement of compliance will be introduced after a transition period of 28 months, which commenced in April of 2020.  This was extended from the initial period of 24 months due to […]

Advancing HSE Standards in the GCC

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is one of the fastest developing regions in the world. Member states include The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait. While the benefits of economic development are tangible, there are potential social and environmental costs of such rapid change.  Regulatory measures, with particular respect to Health, […]

Benefits of Certification

International Standards are strategic tools that can address many of the problems faced by companies in our globalised world. Certification to ISO standards can positively impact a company’s bottom line, improving the efficiency of company operations. They allow access to more customers and additional markets, while also improving customer satisfaction and reducing environmental impact. Cost […]

Brexit: Where does this leave UK EHS Legislation?

On the 23rd June 2016, 17,410,742 people in the United Kingdom voted to the leave the European Union. Having been a member since 1975, the UK now needs to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to formally begin the negotiations to leave the EU. As the UK is the first member to invoke Article […]

Implementing Change after ESOS

At the end of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) extended deadline on January 29th 2016, less than 60% of the circa. 10,000 ESOS-eligible businesses in the UK were compliant with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations (2014 No. 1643). The Environment Agency had received 5,948 notifications of compliance and 1,000 notifications of intent to […]

How Will the Paris Agreement Impact Climate Change?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has concluded that it is more than 90% probable that Greenhouse Gas (GHGs), such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide produced by human activity, have caused much of the observed increase in the earth’s temperature over the past 50 years. Evidence of the increased surface temperatures can […]

New Targets for the EU’s Circular Economy Package

The European Commission has adopted an ambitious Circular Economy Package which includes revised legislative proposals on waste to stimulate Europe’s transition towards a circular economy. The circular economy is a generic term for an industry economy that is producing no waste and pollution in which material flows are of two types, biological nutrients designed to […]