Top global EHS regulatory changes – November 2020

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Here are a few noteworthy global EHS regulatory changes from November 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 – Order Declaring that the Provisions of the Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Methane and Certain Volatile Organic Compounds (Upstream Oil and Gas Sector) Do Not Apply in Saskatchewan

Published date – 2020-11-11
Industry – Oil and Gas Industry

This order stands down the application of provisions of the Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Methane and Certain Volatile Organic Compounds (Upstream Oil and Gas Sector) (SOR/2018-66) in Saskatchewan for the duration of the equivalency agreement between the Federal Government and the Government of the province of Saskatchewan. It does not apply to federal works or undertakings.

United States – Federal

Amended document – 50 CFR 17 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants
Amending document – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removing the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife

First effective date – 2021-01-04
Industry – General Industry, Office Spaces, Building Management and Maintenance

A change to this document has been announced. The effect of the change is to (1) remove the two existing entries for gray wolf (Canis lupus) under the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, (2) remove prohibitions applicable to gray wolves in Minnesota, and (3) remove the designation of critical habitat for gray wolves in Minnesota and on Isle Royale, Michigan.
The first effective date of the document that makes the change is January 4, 2021.

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

Amending document – Reclassification of Major Sources as Area Sources Under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act
Amended documents – Various (see below)

First effective date – 2021-01-19
Industry – General Industry, Office Spaces, Building Management and Maintenance

The change is part of a suite of amendments to the provisions that apply to the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants. According to the Federal Register, “(these) amendments […] provide that a major source can be reclassified to area source status (not a major source) at any time upon reducing its potential to emit […] hazardous air pollutants (HAP) to below the major source thresholds […] of 10 tons per year (tpy) of any single HAP and 25 tpy of any combination of HAP”. The amendments also “clarify the compliance dates, notification, and recordkeeping requirements that apply to sources choosing to reclassify to area source status and to sources that revert back to major source status, including a requirement for electronic notification”.

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

Denmark

New Principal Document – Executive Order on Mental Work Environment

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

This legislation sets out occupational mental health requirements for any work performed. It notably requires employers to: assess the mental impact and psychosocial influence of the work; carry out preventive measures to protect the staff from psychological risk and work-related violence (especially for sensitive groups such as pregnant and breastfeeding employees); and provide training and instruction related to accident and illness risks associated with the work.

Italy

New Principal document – Legislative Decree 30 July 2020, n. 99 Discipline of sanctions for violations of the provisions of Regulation (EU) no. 1257/2013, relating to ship recycling, amending regulation (EC) no. 1013/2006 and Directive 2009/16 / EC.

First effective date – 2020-10-12
Industry – Utilities and Communications, Water Transportation, Other

This legislation notably sets out sanctions and penalties for operators of recycling facilities who undertake unlawful recycling of ships, as well as for owners and masters ships that do not comply with certain requirements respecting hazardous products.

Belgium

New Principal document – Ministerial decree on emergency measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus

First effective date – 2020-10-29
Industry – General Industry, Office Spaces, Building Management and Maintenance

This legislation sets out occupational and public health and safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 disease. It notably requires companies to enforce remote work, ensure certain distances between employees, as well as to carry out preventive measures and training for the staff.

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