Top global EHS regulatory changes – November 2019

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Here are a few noteworthy global EHS regulatory changes from November 2019. We cover EHS legislation and standards for over 90 countries and 200 jurisdictions. If you would like to track legislative changes for specific regions, countries or jurisdictions, we are happy to help. Please send us a request for more information here and we will contact you shortly.

Canada – Prince Edward Island

Amended document – Occupational Health and Safety Act
Amending document – Eric Donovan Act (An Act to Amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act) Declaration Re

First effective date – 2020-01-01
Industry – general

The effect of this change is to set a date of January 01, 2020 for recent changes to this document that will make amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

US Federal

Amended document – 50 CFR 17 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants
Amending document – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removing Oenothera coloradensis (Colorado Butterfly Plant) From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants

First effective date – 2019-12-05
Industry – general

A change to this document has been announced. The Colorado butterfly plant (Oenothera coloradensis, currently listed as Gaura neomexicana ssp. coloradensis) is being removed from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants due to recovery. The first effective date of the document that makes the change is December 5, 2019. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/11/05/2019-24124/endangered-and-threatened-wildlife-and-plants-removing-oenothera-coloradensis-colorado-butterfly.

Amended document – 40 CFR 60 Standards Of Performance For New Stationary Sources
Amending document – Standards of Performance for Stationary Compression Ignition Internal Combustion Engines

First effective date – 2019-11-13
Industry – general

A change to this document has been announced. The effect of the change is to revise the emission standards for particulate matter for new stationary compression ignition engines located in remote areas of Alaska. The first effective date of the document that makes the change is November 13, 2019. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/11/13/2019-24335/standards-of-performance-for-stationary-compression-ignition-internal-combustion-engines.

Amended document – 50 CFR 17 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants
Amending document – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Threatened Species Status for Meltwater Lednian Stonefly and Western Glacier Stonefly With a Section 4(d) Rule

First effective date – 2019-12-23
Industry – general

A change to this document has been announced. The meltwater lednian stonefly (Lednia tumana) and the western glacier stonefly (Zapada glacier), both aquatic species from alpine streams and springs, are added to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The first effective date of the document that makes the change is December 23, 2019. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/11/21/2019-25195/endangered-and-threatened-wildlife-and-plants-threatened-species-status-for-meltwater-lednian.

US – Wisconsin

Amended document – WS Chapter 23 Conservation
Amending document – An Act to repeal 94.55 (2) (e), 94.55 (3), 94.55 (3) (c), 94.67 (15r), 961.32 (3) (b) 2. and 961.34 (2) (b); to renumber and amend 961.34 (2) (a); to amend 23.33 (1) (jo) 5., 23.335 (1) (zgm) 5., 30.50 (10m) (e), 94.55 (1), 94.55 (2) (title), 94.55 (2) (a), 94.55 (2) (b) 2., 94.55 (2) (b) 3., 94.55 (2) (b) 4., 94.55 (2) (b) 5., 94.55 (2) (c), 94.67 (2), 97.02, 182.001 (3), 340.01 (50m) (e), 343.305 (8) (b) 4m. a., 348.27 (18) (a) 1. f., 350.01 (10v) (e), 446.01 (2) (a), 450.07 (1), 885.235 (1) (d) 5., 939.22 (33) (e), 961.01 (14), 961.11 (4g), 961.14 (4) (t) 1., 961.32 (2m) (b), 961.32 (3) (a) 1. and 2., 961.32 (3) (b) (intro.), 961.32 (3) (b) 1., 961.32 (3) (b) 3., 961.32 (3) (b) 4., 961.32 (3) (b) 5., 961.32 (3) (c), 961.32 (3) (d), 961.38 (1n) (a), 961.38 (1n) (b), 961.442 (intro.), 961.55 (9) and 967.055 (1m) (b) 5.; to repeal and recreate 94.55 (title); and to create 94.55 (2) (am), 94.55 (2) (b) 2m., 94.55 (2) (b) 4g., 94.55 (2) (b) 4m., 94.55 (2) (b) 4s., 94.55 (2) (f), 94.55 (2g), 94.55 (2m), 94.55 (2p), 94.55 (2r), 94.55 (2t), 94.55 (3m), 94.55 (3r), 94.55 (3w), 94.67 (15c), 450.03 (1) (k), 450.07 (1m), 885.235 (5), 961.01 (3r), 961.14 (4) (t) 3., 961.32 (3) (b) 4m., 961.32 (3) (b) 4r. and 961.32 (3) (cm) of the statutes; relating to: regulating hemp, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority

First effective date – 2019-11-28
Industry – general 

A change to this document has been announced. The first effective date of the document that makes the change is November 28, 2019. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available at http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2019/related/acts/68.

European Union


New principal document – Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/1784 of 1 October 2019 laying down ecodesign requirements for welding equipment pursuant to Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (Text with EEA relevance)
First effective date – 2019-10-20
Industry – general

This legislation sets out ecodesign requirements to put electrical mains-operated welding equipment on the market or in service.

Belgium

New principal document – Royal Decree establishing Book 1 on Low Voltage and Extra Low Voltage Electrical Installations, Book 2 on High Voltage Electrical Installations and Book 3 on Facilities for the Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power

First effective date – 2019-11-08
Industry – general, office spaces, building management and maintenance

This legislation sets out requirements for the equipment, the operation, the use and the monitoring of electrical installations with very low voltage, low voltage, high voltage, as well as electrical facilities for the transmission and distribution of electrical energy.

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