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Legislative timetables

European projects

Title of Project/Directive Action planned Milestones
Chemical Agents
Carcinogens Directive 1999/38 2nd amendment. Directive to be implemented by amending COSHH2002. Regulations in force April 2003.
Draft 2nd Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Value directive. This draft directive will introduce occupational exposure limits to be agreed by the EU and will be implemented through amendment /revisions to EH40 following consultation. Vote on technical progress expected during 2003.
Dangerous Substances Directive 29th ATP. The 29th ATP to the Dangerous Substances Directive is still under discussion. Publication is not expected until quarter 4 2003/4. Milestones to be set following publication.
Asbestos: EU proposals to amend the Worker Protection Directive 83/477/EEC. Final adopted text was published in the Official Journal 15 April 2003. Commence informal consultation during quarter 4 2003/4.
Amendment to Marketing and Use Directive: Chromium VI in cement. Directive expected to be adopted in quarter 1 2003. Regulations to implement Directive due one year after publication in the Official Journal. Consultation document to be published by quarter 4 2003/04.
EC Regulation on the Import and Export of Dangerous Chemicals. Proposed EC Regulation to introduce enhanced measures to inform non EU countries about the dangers of exported chemicals. To replace the current Regulation. This proposal will implement the Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent (PIC). Enforcement Regulation expected Quarter 2 2003/4.
Existing Substance Regulation (ESR) and the programme for Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH). HSE Competent Authority for 2003 on going development of transitional arrangements between ESR and REACH. On going programme of risk reduction strategy work.
Proposals for EU Chemicals Strategy. EU Regulations expected July 2003. No milestones set.
Physical Agents
Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Directive on Physical Agents (Vibration). Directive adopted July 2002. Implementation due July 2005. Consultative document to be published quarter 2 2003/04.
Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Directive on Physical Agents (Noise). Adopted February 2003 with and implementation date for February 2006. Consultative Document to be published quarter 4 2003/4.
Proposal for European Parliament and Council Directive on Physical Agents (Electromagnetic fields). Proposed December 2002 currently under negotiations in Council Working Group. If adopted would need to be transposed into UK legislation timetable to be set.
Rail Transport
Interoperability of the trans-European conventional rail system (2001/16). DTLR lead HSE will contribute. Directive to be implemented by Quarter 3 2003/4.

Proposed Railway Safety directive.

Proposed Interoperability amendment directive amending Directive 96/48/EC on high-speed interoperability and Directive 2001/16/EC on conventional interoperability.

Proposed European Railway Agency Regulation.

Proposed Decision on the Convention of International Transport by Rail (COTIF).

Proposed Market Access Directive.

Common Position has been achieved, now working with DfT on progress through European Parliament to achieve a favourable outcome in line with UK negotiating strategy. These Directives etc are commonly known as the "Second Railways Package"). Adoption expected quarter 1 2004/5.
Transport of Dangerous Goods
Amendment to the UN model Regulations on the Transport of dangerous goods. DfT lead, negotiations on the revised 14th edition began in 2003 and are expected to be completed by end 2004. Negotiations to be completed by end 2004.

Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road Commission Directives 2001/7 and 2003/28/EC adapting for the third time Council Directive 94/55/EC.

Transport of Dangerous Goods by Rail Commission Directives 2001/6 and 2003/29/EC adapting for the third time Council Directive 96/49/EC.

Completion of implementation of the Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive 1999/36/EC and implementation of Directive 2002/50/EC adapting it to technical progress.

Current Transport of Dangerous Goods Regulations and approved documents will be replaced by a single set of regulations implementing all requirements.

CD to be published quarter 2 2003/04.

Regulations to be made quarter 1 2004/5.

Work Equipment
Proposal for Third amendment to the Machinery Directive. DTI lead. Council agreement due quarter 3 or quarter 4 2003/04.
Use of Work Equipment Directive (dealing with Temporary Work at Heights) 2nd amendment. To be implemented by July 2004 as a single set of Work at Heights Regulations. Publish CD in quarter 2 2003/04.
Major Hazards
Proposal for an amendment to the SEVESO Directive (96/82/EC).

Common Position adopted Feb 2003.

Amending directive to be implemented through amendment to COMAH Regulations.

Milestones to be set.

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Domestic projects

Title of Project/Regulations Action Planned Milestones
Acetylene legislation New framework for acetylene safety to replace requirements currently in Explosives Act 1875. CD expected by April 2004.
Adventure Activities Regulations HSE to advise HSC on response to DfES consultation document/triennial review of licensing.
  • Consultation period on DfES consultation document/triennial review of licensing closes on 30 April 2003.
  • HSE advised HSC on response in early April 2003.
Carriage of Dangerous Goods 1996 Regulations 5, 6 and 20
  • Develop replacement for Regulation 20 of CDG 1996, which governs unloading of petrol.
Consultation letter due quarter 3 2003/4.
Celluloid legislation Review and modernise remaining elements of celluloid legislation (majority repealed by DSEAR). Review completed April 2004.
Construction (Design and Management) Regulations To amend Regulations and ACOP.
  • Consultative Document planned for quarter 4, 2003/4; and
  • Revised Regulations to be laid quarter 4, 2004/5.
Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 To amend the regulations. Regulations need to be amended but may be done as part of other legislative projects by end 2004. CD issued quarter 4 2003/4.
Control of Explosives Regulations 2001. New Regulations to rationalise existing provisions.
  • Consultative Document to be published quarter 4 2003/4.
  • New Regulations laid quarter 4 2004/5.
Dangerous Goods in Harbours Regulations Regulations, ACOP and guidance to be amended in light of consultation exercise. Regulations to be laid quarter 3 2003/4.
Dangerous Substances (notification and marking of sites) Regulations 1990 Review of the Regulations. Review completed by April 2004.
Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DESEAR) Amendment to reflect revised interface with Marine and Coastguard Agency. Consultation letter quarter 3 2003/4.
Docks Regulations Regulations, ACOP and guidance in process of revision in consultation with the industry. CD on draft package expected quarter 3 2003/4.
Duty to investigate workplace accidents, etc. Consideration of responses to recent consultation exercise. Guidance to be developed during 2003/04.
Factories Act 1961 and Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963. Consolidation and removal of remaining requirements where possible. Complete review and issue Discussion Document quarter 4 2003/04.
Fire Legislation Review of legislation lead by Office of Deputy Prime minister. HSE will work with them to agree demarcation with Fire Authorities and to assist development of new legislation and guidance. Input into any proposed legislation and guidance as required during 2003.
First Aid at Work Regulations 1981 Follow on from research project leading to a consultation exercise in 2004.
  • Publish Discussion Document in quarter 2 2003/04.
  • Publish consultation document in quarter 2, 2004/5.
Gas Safety (Management) Regulations 1996 Consultation on Amending Regulations. Consultation document to be published quarter 3, 2003/4.
Gas Safety (Installations and Use) Regulations 1998. Consultation on amending regulations and ACOP.
  • Consultation document expected quarter 4, 2003/4.
  • Regulations to be submitted quarter 4, 2004/5.
Health and Safety (Employee Consultation and Safety Representatives) Regulations Develop harmonised regulations to replace Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 and Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996. Draft CD and put out to consultation in quarter 2, 2003/04.
Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2003. Annual revision of fees to take account of inflation. Regulations came into force 1 April 2003.
Inhalable Dust in Coal Mines. New Regulations and ACOP.
  • CD expected quarter 4 2003/4. Regulations to be submitted quarter 4, 2004/5.
  • ACOP to be published quarter 4 2004/5.
Ionising Radiations Amendment Regulations Amend the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999. Consultative Document to be published quarter 3 2003/04.
Management of Health and Safety at Work and Fire Precautions (Workplace) (amendment) Regulations 2003 Amend the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and Fire Protection Regulations 1997 to remove civil liabilities exclusion. Regulations to be in force by quarter 2 2003/04.
Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations Revise legal requirements in new regulations - replacing some 40 pieces of earlier legislation. New Regulations expected quarter 4 2003/4.
Petrol Legislation Phase 2 and 3 of the Modernising petrol project (Phase 1 completed by DSEAR). CD on proposals for petrol filling stations (Phase 2) to be published by April 2004.
Pipelines Safety (Amendment) Regulations
  • Amendments relating to iron mains replacement programme.
  • Amendments relating to the testing of emergency plans; additional duties relating to gasoline; and minor changes to existing definitions.
  • CD published June 2002 amending regulations to be laid quarter 2 2003/04.
  • CDs to be published quarter 4 2003/4.
  • Amending regulations due quarter 2 2004/5.
Railway Safety Regulations
  • Dialogue with stakeholders following public
  • Inquiry reports on regulations covering railway safety cases approvals and safety critical work.
Revised regulations due by the end quarter 4 2004/05.
OEL Framework Review of OEL framework in the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health framework.
  • Issue Consultative Document in September 2003.
  • Regulations expected quarter 1 2004/05.
Offshore installations (Safety Case) Regulation 1992 (OSCR) Revise 1992 Regulations to improve effectiveness and reduce bureaucracy.
  • Consultative document to be published end March 2004.
  • Regulations due end March 2005.
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR). Fundamental review of legislation aimed at simplification and greater effectiveness.
  • Commission research and issue DD in 2003/04.
  • Consider responses and issue CD 2004/05.
Shipbuilding/Ship Repair Regulations. Revoke requirements superseded Working at Heights Directive (WAH). CD to be issued quarter 2 2003.
Standard of training in safe gas installations ACOP Amend now outdated 1988 ACOP. Consultative Document to be published in quarter 4, 2004/5.
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