Top global EHS regulatory changes – December 2020

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Here are a few noteworthy global EHS regulatory changes from December 2020. We cover EHS legislation and standards for over 100 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 – Federal

New Principal document – Description of critical habitat of Rainbow Trout, Athabasca River populations in Jasper National Park of Canada

First effective date: 2021-03-05
Industry Sector: General Industry

This document announces that the territories in Jasper National Park of Canada identified as critical habitats for the Rainbow Trout are protected under the Species at Risk Act (SC2002,c29).

United States – North Carolina

Amended document – NCAC Chapter 15A-02 Environmental Management
Amending document – NCAC Chapter 15A-02 Environmental Management 2020-12-01 Amendments

First effective date: 2020-11-01
Industry Sector: General Industry, Office Spaces, Building Management and Maintenance

The amended legislation contains requirements regarding Air Emissions.

More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available here.

United States – Oregon

Amended document – OAR Division 437-001 Rules for the Administration of the Oregon Safe Employment Act
Amending documents – Rules Addressing the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency in All Oregon Workplaces

First effective date: 2020-11-06
Industry Sector: General Industry

The amended legislation contains rules for the administration of the Oregon Safe Employment Act.

More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available here and here.

Poland

New Principal Document – Regulation of the Minister of Development of September 11, 2020 on the detailed scope and form of a construction design

First effective date: 2020-09-19
Industry Sector: General Industry, Office Spaces, Building Management and Maintenance

This legislation sets out building construction design requirements. It notably contains provisions for: water quality and wastewater discharge; emission of gaseous pollutants, vibrations, and ionizing radiations; waste management; impacts of the construction on the surrounding trees, ground surface, and underground waters; fire protection; and energy performance of the building.

France

New Principal document – Order of 23 October 2020 relating to the measurements carried out within the framework of the risk assessment and the verifications of the effectiveness of the preventive measures put in place within the framework of the protection of workers against the risks due to ionizing radiation

First effective date: 2020-10-28
Industry Sector: General Industry, Office Spaces, Building Management and Maintenance

This legislation notably sets out provisions for the testing and monitoring of equipment used for the detection and prevention of ionizing radiation at work. It applies to employers and workers likely to be exposed to ionizing radiation.

Switzerland

New Principal document – Civil protection ordinance (OPCi)

First effective date: 2021-01-01
Industry Sector: General Industry, Office Spaces, Building Management and Maintenance

This legislation regulates the civil protection of the population. It notably contains measures for: the suitability to civil protection service, protection facilities, as well as medical examination of civil protection personnel.

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