Top global EHS regulatory changes – January 2020

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Here are a few noteworthy global EHS regulatory changes from January 2020. 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 – Alberta

Amended document – Employment Standards Regulation
Amending document – Employment Standards (Special Provisions) Amendment Regulation

First effective date – 2019-12-03
Industry – general

A change to this document has been announced. The effect of the changes is notably to add requirements for employees working in mobile workover or completion service drilling operations, oil and gas continuous operations and roadbuilding or heavy construction operations by (1) confining the hours of work; (2) requiring employers to allow an employee to rest for at least 8 consecutive hours if the employee worked for more than 12 consecutive hours; and (3) requiring employers to allow roadbuilding or heavy construction operations employees 4 days of rest for each 4 consecutive work week period, with certain exceptions. The first effective date of the document that makes the change is December 3, 2019. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available here.

Canada – New Brunswick

Amended document – Occupational Health and Safety Act
Amending document – An Act to Amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act

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

A change to this document has been announced. The effect of the changes is notably to (1) add requirements for employers concerning supervisors’ knowledge and competency on health and safety matters; (2) add duties for supervisors respecting the health and safety of employees under their supervision; and (3) extend certain employer’s duties to supervisors. The first effective date of the document that makes the change is January 1, 2020. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available here.

US – New Jersey

Amended document – NJS Chapter 13-1E
Amending document – An Act concerning certain driver’s license suspensions and amending, supplementing, and repealing various parts of the statutory law

First effective date – 2021-01-20
Industry – general, office spaces, building management and maintenance

A change to this document has been announced. The first effective date of the document that makes the change is January 20, 2021. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available here and here.

Bailiwick of Guernsey

New principal document – The Air Pollution (Dark Smoke) (Exemptions) Regulations, 2019 

First effective date – 2019-12-02
Industry – building management and maintenance

This document provides for exemptions from prohibitions relating to the emission of dark smoke from chimneys of buildings, fixed boilers, industrial plants, and vessels.

Brazil

New Principal document –Decree No. 10.088, of November 5, 2019 Consolidates normative acts issued by the Federal Executive Power that provide for the promulgation of conventions and recommendations of the International Labor Organization – ILO ratified by the Federative Republic of Brazil.
Repealed document – Decree Nº. 2.657 of July 3, 1998, Safety in Use of Chemicals at Work

First effective date – 2019-12-06
Industry – general, office spaces, building management and maintenance

This legislation consolidates several conventions and recommendations of the International Labor Organization (ILO) that contain occupational health and human ressources requirements.

France

New principal document – Environmental Code Articles R515-117 to R515-121: Industrial platforms

First effective date – 2020-01-01
Industry – general, building management and maintenance

This section regulates the designation and organization of industrial platforms. It notably requires the platform manager to comply with certain rules for the prevention and management of industrial accidents, and in some cases, with requirements respecting effluents treatment. More information is available here.

India

Amended document – The Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986
Amending document – Environment (Protection) Second Amendment Rules, 2019

First effective date – 2019-12-26
Industry – general, office spaces, building management and maintenance

A change to this document has been announced. The effect of the change is notably to add effluent standards for the automobile service station, bus depot or workshop industry, and to specify that solid wastes/hazardous waste for this industry must be disposed of according to certain regulations. The first effective date of the document that makes the change is December 26, 2019. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available here.

Netherlands

New principal document – Environmental regulation

Industry – general, office spaces, building management and maintenance

This legislation contains technical and administrative rules applicable to citizens, companies and governments. It notably contains provisions related to: the designation of boundaries (such as highway expansions, large rivers and high voltage connections); rules for activities regulated by the government (such as the sustainability of new buildings); measurement and calculation methods for decentralized activities (such as those regulated via the environmental plan); application requirements for an environmental permit; monitoring obligations for administrative bodies; and government fees.

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