Legislation and Guidance Update for October 2020

The Barbour Legislation and Guidance Update for October 2020 is your all-in-one guide to help you understand these new laws and guidelines. It covers all the latest regulatory requirements of the last few months, so you know exactly which new laws you need to employ with. It also points you in the direction of further reading, to ensure you’re completely up-to-speed.

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Estates and facilities management legislation update for April 2020 and beyond

The Barbour April legislation updates round up key legislative and guidance changes which have taken place and are forthcoming. We focus on developments relating to facilities management, HR and health and safety, with extensive coverage of legislation and guidance for business on Coronavirus, the Fire Safety Bill, the Grenfell inquiry and building safety and building regulation developments.


Download the Environment and Energy Legislation Update for April 2020 and Beyond

Discover the key changes to legislation, official guidance and consultations of interest along with recent prosecutions that have occurred.


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Health and Safety Legislation Update for April 2020 and Beyond

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has become a top priority for employers all over the world. The pandemic event is putting pressure on already stretched employers to do more to keep up to date and protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees.

Employers, faced with this unprecedented challenge, must do everything they can to ensure their business, employees and those who may come into contact with the business are not exposed to risk.

As well as having a legal duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 to ensure the safety of employees in the workplace, businesses also have duties to ensure that the way work is carried out does not have a negative impact on the safety and health of others affected by its work, such as members of the public and contractors. Risk assessments must cover the right topics. Employment law needs to be addressed. And with most employers having to advise widespread working from home following government measures, there are processes about managing remote workers that need to be applied.

On top of all of that, there is ‘emergency legislation’ now in force to address the challenges posed by the outbreak, allowing “extraordinary measures” never seen in peace time in the UK….

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Download the Home Working and Young Workers Guide

This guide provides crucial information to help managers support young workers who are working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We help with guidance on additional considerations around DSE and home work stations, support and guidance, wellbeing, stress and anxiety.


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Home Working Essentials for Managers

This FREE guide for managers provides crucial information for you to consider while employees are temporarily working from home.


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Director’s Briefing: COVID 19

Responding to COVID 19 – what does your organisation need to do to stay on the right side of the criminal law?

Your organisation is now making preparations for the coming COVID 19 pandemic and you are deluged with specific concerns, information and action plans that need to be developed. Amongst the many questions being asked by the Board, should be a cut through question: “what are our health and safety criminal law obligations in dealing with the Coronavirus, what do we have to do and how can we protect ourselves from blame if we get it wrong?”


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Aspects and Impacts Register Overview

Whilst it is not a legal requirement to have an aspects and impacts register, if you are working towards ISO 14001 or already have a formal Environmental Management System (EMS) in place, it is one of the core infrastructure documents of the system.

A register is a very useful document when establishing an EMS, as it helps to identify legislation applicable to operations, determine risks and opportunities associated with operations and thus identify where control measures need to be put into place. It therefore needs to be accurate and comprehensive.

To download this overview of an aspects and impacts register and learn more, please click the button below.

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The Environment Bill 2020

The Environment Bill, which aims to tackle climate change and protect and restore the natural environment, was initially brought before the House of Commons in October but was delayed due to the General Election and subsequent EU withdrawal negotiations.

It returned to Parliament on 30 January, and the re-introduced version features two new commitments from the October readings, namely:

• A ban on exporting plastic to developing countries;
• A two-yearly review of significant developments in international legislation on the environment.

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers has said the Bill “sets a gold standard for improving air quality, protecting nature, increasing recycling and cutting down on plastic waste.”

The frameworks detailed in the Bill replace the UK’s current obligations under EU law.

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United Arab Emirates Health and Safety Legislation

This guide outlines how health and safety legislation is applied within occupational work environments in the United Arab Emirates.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is made up of seven member emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah). It operates under a two-tier legal framework where federal law applies to all seven emirates, and local laws apply only to the emirate in which they are enacted. Each of the seven emirates has its own government, which functions in tandem with the federal government.

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Director’s Briefing: Implementing BS EN ISO 14001

Environmental issues have come to the forefront in recent years with greater awareness amongst legislators, insurers, financiers, shareholders, customers, employees and neighbours.

Concern for the environment has forced the international community to look at ways of reducing the impact on the environment to ensure it is protected for future generations.

These have mainly taken the form of legislation and regulations.

Breaches of such legislation and disregard for the environment generally are becoming costly in terms of liability, publicity and health.

So BS EN ISO 14001 is relevant to every organisation including…

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A Barbour Guide: Sustainability

This useful guide covers what the British Standards Institute (BSI) defines Sustainability as “an enduring, balanced approach to economic activity, environmental responsibility and social progress.”

Many organisations deal with environmental, social and economic issues separately. There is significant overlap between these elements and where all of these elements cross over is considered to be Sustainable Development.