Top global EHS regulatory changes – June 2022

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By: Sydney Sybydlo

Here are a few noteworthy global EHS regulatory changes in June 2022. 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

Amended Document – Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations
Amending Document – Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations

First Effective Date: 18 May 2022
Industry Sector: General Industry

The amended document bans the export of various goods that could be used for weapons production and manufacturing in Russia (listed as Schedule 7), including substances such as tungsten ores, boron, tellurium, aluminum, tantalum, bismuth, titanium, rhenium, and niobium.

It also adds to the list of Russian entities subject to a broad dealings ban and bans the import and export of luxury goods (listed as Schedule 6).

New Principal Document – Canadian Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit System Regulations

First Effective Date: 20 May 2022
Industry Sector: General Industry

This document establishes an offset credit system for projects that reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) either by preventing GHGs from being emitted or by removing GHGs from the atmosphere and to which a protocol applies. It contains system eligibility criteria to be satisfied and the requirement that projects be registered. It also sets out the conditions for registering a project in the system, and the requirements for proponents, for the issuance of offset credits, as well as for keeping and maintaining records.

It also amends the Environmental Violations Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations to prescribe violation classes for offences concerning violations of the new document, and amends the Output-Based Pricing System Regulations to provide that proponents (persons responsible for a project that reduces atmospheric greenhouse gases) who wish to open an account in the carbon credit tracking system do not need to notify the Minister.

Additional information is available here and here.

New Principal Document – Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2022

First Effective Date: 20 May 2022
Industry Sector: General Industry, Building Management & Maintenance

This document regulates the use of halocarbon substances and includes provisions concerning prohibited releases of halocarbon, authorized installation, servicing, recovery, and withdrawal from use, leaks and leak testing, permits, and record-keeping.

This document replaces the Federal Halocarbon Regulations. Notable changes to the regulations, according to the Government of Canada:

  • clarify that “small and large systems have their own definitions based on the charge of halocarbons they contain or are designed to contain”, instead of basing the definition on refrigeration capacity;
  • replace references to “decommissioning” with “permanently withdrawing from use”;
  • clarify the time period to be covered in biannual reports concerning halocarbon releases between 10 kg and 100 kg;
  • subject large systems containing halocarbons to a new inventory tracking requirement, which sets out certain information to be furnished;
  • remove “all requirements to affix notices on equipment, except for the notice related to the permanent withdrawal from use of a system”;
  • require that certain activities “such as servicing, installation and witdrawal from use of large systems, or activities on small systems that could lead to a halocarbon release, be recorded in the activity log”;
  • permit “regulated parties to keep records and send reports electronically;
  • modify “the leak test interval from once every 12 months to at least once every calendar year and no more than 15 months since the previous leak test”;
  • increase the permit validity period for permits to install or charge a fire-extinguishing system containing certain listed substances;
  • incorporate by reference International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards “relating to the replacement of halons in fire-extinguishing systems in civil aviation”; and
  • “include an exception to allow the release of a halocarbon for the purpose of safety testing military vehicles” in certain circumstances.

It also amends the Regulations Designating Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999) and Environmental Violations Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations to prescribe violation classes and offences concerning violations of the new document.

New Principal Document – Interim Order for the Protection of the Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) in the Waters of Southern British Columbia, 2022

First Effective Date: 1 June 2022
Industry Sector: Water Transportation Industry

This order prohibits vessels and vessel operators from approaching within 400 m of a killer whale unless authorised. It also sets the conditions to obtain an authorisation and describes the waters where the prohibition applies.

New Principal Document – Migratory Birds Regulations, 2022

First Effective Date: 30 July 2022
Industry Sector: General Industry

This document regulates the preservation of migratory birds. It establishes prohibitions on the capture, kill, take, injury, and harassment of migratory birds, their eggs, and shelters, with certain exceptions. It also establishes application processes and rules for hunting migratory game birds, rules for managing migratory birds that may cause danger to human health or public safety or damage to agricultural or environmental interests, rules governing permits for scientific and other activities, and responsibilities of various classes of permit holders.

This document replaces the Migratory Birds Regulations. Notable changes to the regulations, according to the Government of Canada:

  • clarify that “it is prohibited to capture, kill, take, injure or harass a migratory bird, or to attempt to do so, and that these prohibitions apply to any activity”;
  • “include an exception to the prohibition against damaging, destroying, disturbing or removing a nest”, under certain conditions;
  • “prohibit signs from being destroyed, damaged, altered or removed that have been erected for the purpose of preventing” certain prohibited activities;
  • “introduce three situations where temporary posession of a migratory bird, excluding their eggs, is allowed without the requirement to obtain a permit”;
  • provide certain circumstances in which a migratory bird or its feathers may be gifted;
  • expand language concerning the rights of Indigenous peoples;
  • provide that “migratory game birds” include murres, and that a migratory game bird hunting (MGBH) permit is required to hunt them;
  • clarify that a MGBH permit holder may hunt and possess migratory game birds, excluding their eggs;
  • “allow minors to obtain both the MGBH permit and habitat conservation stamp free of charge”;
  • clarify permitted hunting methods and equipment in hunting areas;
  • clarify rules concerning the use of vehicles, including drones, while hunting migratory birds;
  • “clarify that killed or wounded birds found and taken by the willing hunter must be included in their daily bag limit and posession limit”;
  • “prohibit the abandonment of harvested migratory game birds”;
  • clarify the applicability of daily bag and possession limits; and
  • revise rules concerning non-hunting permits, including scientific permits and aviculture permits. A new permit class for Charity authorizes “the permit holder to possess preserved legally harvested migratory game birds, and also [allows] these birds to be served as a meal […] or distributed as they were received”.

New Principal Document – Single-use Plastics Prohibition Regulations

First Effective Date: 20 December 2022
Industry Sector: General Industry

This document prohibits the manufacture, import, and sale of specific classes of single-use plastics. It contains certain exceptions for accessibility purposes, identifies “performance standards to differentiate between single-use and reusable items” for certain product categories, and establishes recordkeeping requirements.

It also amends the Regulations Designating Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999) to prescribe designated offences of the new Regulations.

Amended Document – Explosives Regulations, 2013
Amending Document – Regulations Amending the Explosives Regulations, 2013 (Restricted Components)

First Effective Date: 3 June 2023
Industry Sector: General Industry

The amended document notably:

  • revises the document layout for ease of use by creating three separate divisions (Tiers 1, 2, and 3) and listing the requirements for each substance tier.
  • adds calcium ammonium nitrate (CAN) as a Tier 1 restricted component;
  • adds “hexamethylenetetramine (commonly called hexamine), CAS RN 100-97-0 and aluminum powder, CAS RN 7429-90-5, in dry form and with a particle size of less than 200 μm, as Tier 2 restricted components”;
  • adds acetone (CAS RN 67-64-1) as a Tier 3 restricted component;
  • “add[s] ammonium nitrate and calcium ammonium nitrate when contained in cold packs (also known as instant cold packs or instant cold compress” to Tier 3;
  • replaces United Nations (UN) dangerous goods numbers with Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Numbers (CAS RN) and concentration limits by weight (w/w); and
  • clarifies definitions of “component seller” and “product seller” to mean a person who sells or manufactures a product, respectively.

Canada – Alberta

Amended Document – Directive 050: Drilling Waste Management
Amending Document – Bulletin 2022-19: Directive 050 Correction

First Effective Date: 25 April 2022
Industry Sector: Oil & Gas Industry

This Directive sets requirements for the treatment and disposal of drilling waste. Drilling waste is defined as the mud and cuttings generated while drilling a well and directional drilling for the purpose of pipeline construction. The methodology prescribed in the Directive applies to a one-time disposal or management for drilling waste generated from one well, one well licensee’s drilling program or pipeline-related directional drilling. It gives the responsibility for the proper management of drilling waste to the licensee of the well or pipeline. Alberta Energy Regulator may inspect operations to comply with this Directive.

According to the Alberta Energy Regulator, this version:

  • adds “alternative soil endpoint criteria”, “soil sample requirements and exclusion criteria for site investigation”, and “mix-bury-cover as a disposal option for nonhydrocarbon-based drilling waste solids”;
  • adds a table reference for nitrogen application rate in the sections concerning waste disposal onto forested public lands, pump-offs, and landspray;
  • adds “information on managing cement returns in tailings ponds for mineable oil sands developments approved under [Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act]”;
  • adds predisposal notification requirements “using the Digital Data Submission system and the Field Surveillance Inspection System regarding drilling waste from well drilling and pipelines”;
  • revises the name of “the site where drilling waste is stored (now called a remote site), adds inclusion of cement returns at these sites, and adds signage requirements for remote sites with multiple sumps and contributing wells constructed after May 1, 2022”;
  • revises the “requirement for extending the use of the remote site beyond five years”;
  • revises “storage pit size limits for cement pits on public lands receiving cement returns from an oil sands development, adds requirements for removing unhardened cement returns from pits, and adds soil sampling requirements for pit walls;
  • removes “requirement for sodium application rate” under landspreading disposal requirements and “liquid limit and plasticity index from the sample analysis requirements”; and
  • combines various duplicative requirements, including requirements for (1) pipeline and well drilling waste, and (2) landspray and landspray wil drilling.

Canada – British Columbia

New Principal Document – Low Carbon Fuels Act

Published Date: 2 June 2022 (comes into force by regulation of the Lieutenant Governor in Council)
Industry Sector: Oil & Gas Industry, Utilities & Communications Industry

This document establishes a framework to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels supplied in the province and applies to fossil-derived fuels, their components, and alternatives as defined. It contains obligations for parties responsible for fuels, renewable fuel requirements, low carbon fuel requirements, record-keeping requirements for fuels’ carbon intensity, obligations for public utilities, and various reporting, assessment, and record-keeping requirements. It also sets out rules concerning the issuance and transfer of compliance credits awarded for the sequestration of greenhouse gases.

It replaces the Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Requirements) Act.

Additional information is available here.

Amended Document – Contaminated Sites Regulation
Amending Document 1 – Contaminated Sites Regulation 2022-06-06 Amendments
Amending Document 2 – Proclamation of Environmental Management Amendment Act, 2020; Waste Discharge Regulation; Contaminated Sites Regulation 2022-06-06 Amendments

First Effective Date: 1 March 2023
Industry Sector: General Industry, Chemicals Industry

The amended document:

  • revises the definition of “background concentration” to clarify that it means a naturally occurring concentration of a substance and the definitions of “high density residential use” and “low density residential use” to provide that lands used to grow plants for human consumption or as a recreational area for children are considered low-density residential use;
  • provides that contaminated soil relocation agreements do not need to provide a summary of the site condition to the director on application;
  • prescribes additional substances for the definition of “contaminated site”;
  • requires that certain notices must include the information specified in Schedule 8 to this document (“Application for a Contaminated Soil Relocation Agreement”) and requires high volume site owners to register the site with the minister and have a soil management plan for the site (as set forth in this document);
  • revises Schedule 1 (“Site Disclosure Statement” form), Schedule 2 (“Specified Industrial or Commercial Uses” list), Schedule 3.1 (“Generic Numerical Soil Standards to Protect Human Health”), Schedule 3.2 (“Generic Numerical Water Standards”); Schedule 3.3 (“Generic Numerical Vapour Standards”), Schedule 3.4 (“Generic Numerical Sediment Standards”), and Schedule 8 (“Soil Relocation Notification Form”) to this document;
  • adds exemptions from the requirement to provide a site disclosure statement for the site of a waste management facility, a development permit or building permit to a municipality under certain conditions;
  • removes a fee requirement for amendments to contaminate soil relocation agreements; and
  • revises various rules concerning the removal of soils defined as “waste” based on concentrations of certain substances and high volume soil receiving sites, including the requirements of a soil management plan.

Canada – Quebec

Amended Document – Regulation respecting the recovery and reclamation of products by enterprises
Amending Document – Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting the recovery and reclamation of products by enterprises

First Effective Date: 30 June 2022
Industry Sector: General Industry

The amended document, according to the Québec Government:

  • determines “the obligations regarding the recovery and reclamation of certain new products”;
  • extends the rules concerning the recovery and reclamation of products to enterprises with no domicile or establishment in Québec if they market a new covered product in Québec;
  • adds three new categories of products: agricultural products, pressurized fuel containers and pharmaceutical products and add new subcategories of products;
  • restricts a requirement applicable to certain types of covered products containing components that are also covered products;
  • postpones and changes the “minimum recovery rates applicable to products already covered”;
  • grants “compensations for purposes of calculating the minimum recovery rate to be attained, based on the quantity of products recovered prior to 1 January 2022”;
  • replaces “the obligation to pay a sum to the Fund for the Protection of the Environment and the Waters in the Domain of the State in case of failure to attain the minimum recovery rate by the obligation to implement a remediation program to enhance the recovery and reclamation plan”;
  • requires that the recovery and reclamation of covered products be carried out under a program;
  • promotes “public access to information concerning the recovery program and its performance”; and
  • modifies the “operating rules for recovery and reclamation programs, auditing of service providers, annual reporting and audit rules”.

New Principal Document – Regulation respecting the development, implementation and financial support of a deposit-refund system for certain containers

First Effective Date: 7 July 2022
Industry Sector: General Industry

This document contains rules to “require persons who commercialize, market or otherwise distribute products in containers they have procured for that purpose to develop, implement and contribute financially to a deposit-refund system for the containers to allow them to be recovered and reclaimed”. The rules apply to certain classes of redeemable containers (containers for which a deposit is paid) and include parameters of the required deposit-refund systems, including life cycle analyses, establishment of disposal and processing sites, ensuring the traceability of recovered materials, and reporting requirements; deposit amounts for each type of redeemable container; and compliance requirements for the redeemable containers return sites and return points, including their identification, opening hours, and siting.

Repealed Document – Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation

Repeal Date: 31 December 2022
Industry Sector: Healthcare Industry, Road Transportation Industry, Water Transportation Industry, Public Administration & Institutions

This document is being repealed by the Act to terminate the public health emergency while maintaining transitional measures necessary to protect the health of the population.

It contains requirements for face covering-wearing in health and social services institutions, shared transportation services, and remunerated passenger transportation services.

Repealed Document – Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation

Repeal Date: 31 December 2022
Industry Sector: General Industry, Healthcare Industry

This document is being repealed by the Act to terminate the public health emergency while maintaining transitional measures necessary to protect the health of the population.

It contains human resources provisions for the health and social services industries. It contains rules concerning compensation and working hours, payment during work absences such as vacations or COVID-19 self-isolations, professional certification requirements, and COVID-19 vaccination and screening.

United States – Federal

New Principal Document – 49 CFR 270 Subpart E Fatigue Risk Management Programs

First Effective Date: 13 July 2022
Industry Sector: Rail Transportation Industry

This document establishes requirements for railroads to develop and maintain fatigue risk management plans (FRMPs) in their system safety program or risk reduction program. It sets forth the required content of an FRMP, including an analysis of fatigue risks and mitigation strategies.

Consequential amendments made by Fatigue Risk Management Programs for Certain Passenger and Freight Railroads  to 49 CFR 270 Subpart B System Safety Program Requirements also become effective 13 July 2022, and require certain passenger rail operations’ system safety programs contain a fatigue risk management program as set out by the document.

Identical provisions have been added to 49 CFR 271 (Risk Reduction Program) as 49 CFR 271 Subpart G Fatigue Risk Management Programs.

Amended Document – 40 CFR 721 Subpart E Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances
Amending Document – Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (19-4.F)

First Effective Date: 26 August 2022
Industry Sector: Chemical Industry

The amended document introduces significant new use rules for various chemical substances that were subject to premanufacture notices. It requires persons to notify the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at least 90 days before commencing the manufacture or processing of any of these substances for a significant new use activity (as designated herein) and require that activities not commence until a Significant New Use Notice has been submitted to and approved by the EPA. A list of the affected chemical substances can be found here.

United States – New Jersey

New Principal Document – NJAC Chapter 7-27E Greenhouse Gas Monitoring and Reporting

First Effective Date: 6 June 2022
Industry Sector: General Industry, Building Management & Maintenance

This document establishes a greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring and reporting system for methane and halogenated gases. It contains registration requirements, reporting requirements, and associated fees for facilities which use certain quantities of high global warming potential refrigerants in their refrigeration systems. It also contains reporting requirements for natural gas public utilities for information concerning lines, leak detection, and blowdown events.

Amended Document – NJAC Chapter 7-27 Air Pollution Control
Amending Document – NJAC Chapter 7-27 Air Pollution Control 2022-06-06 Amendments

First Effective Date: 6 June 2022
Industry Sector: General Industry, Building Management & Maintenance

The amended document notably “add[s] a methane reporting threshold of 100 tons per year, consistent with the operating permit threshold for methane”, “remove[s] methane from the list of contaminants for which emissions information is requirement”, and permits certain small emitters of methane to report on their operation’s “potential to emit an air contaminant in place of its actual emissions”. Methane reporting requirements for large emitters are now governed by the new NJAC Chapter 7-27E Greenhouse Gas Monitoring and Reporting.

Amended Document – NJAC Chapter 7-28 Radiation Protection Programs
Amending Document – NJAC Chapter 7-28 Radiation Protection Programs 2022-06-06 Amendments

First Effective Date: 6 June 2022
Industry Sector: General Industry, Office Spaces, Building Management & Maintenance

The amended document revises rules governing the state’s radon certification program. The changes notably:

  • “establish categories of certification, but do not continue each of the existing categories” (the mitigation technician category is discontinued);
  • update experience and education requirements for certain individual certification categories;
  • establish “an affiliate program that allows individuals to associate with one or more certified businesses to conduct radon testing or mitigation; an employment relationship is not required” and provide that certified individuals must comply with certified businesses’ quality assurance and radiological safety plans;
  • “update the protocols [for conducting testing and mitigation] to the most recent science” as published by relevant standards organizations; and
  • revise rules “regarding the conduct of calibrations and proficiency tests for portable devices; responsibility for meeting testing and mitigation requirements; post-mitigation testing; and training for testing and mitigating multifamily, school, and large buildings”.

United States – Oregon

Amended Document – OAR Division 437-002 General Occupational Safety and Health Rules
Amending Document – Rules to Address Employee and Labor Housing Occupant Exposure to High Ambient Temperatures

First Effective Date: 15 June 2022
Industry Sector: General Industry, Office Spaces, Building Management & Maintenance

The amended document adopts provisions to protect employees working in high temperatures, including requirements for the provision of drinking water, high-heat practices (such as communication with the employees in high-heat settings), emergency medical plans and heat illness prevention plans, and rest schedules and heat prevention rest breaks. It also provides exemptions to the provisions for certain workplaces and operations.

United States – Washington

Amended Document – WAC Chapter 296-62 General Occupational Health Standards
Amending Document 1 – WAC Chapter 296-62 General Occupational Health Standards 2022-06-01 Amendments
Amending Document 2 – WAC Chapter 296-62 General Occupational Health Standards 2022-06-01 Amendments

First Effective Date: 15 June 2022
Industry Sector: General Industry, Building Management & Maintenance

The amended document adopts rules addressing outdoor heat exposure to protect outdoor workers from heat-related illnesses due to outdoor heat exposure. The rules:

  • require employers to encourage employees to take preventative cool-down rest periods;
  • require that employees be provided with access to shaded areas which are either open to the air or provided with ventilation or cooling;
  • require the provision of suitably cool drinking water to employees;
  • require employers to observe employees for symptoms of heat-related illness after a prolonged absense from work or during a sudden temperature increase;
  • introduce additional requirements for when outdoor temperatures meet or exceed 89 degrees Farenheit; and
  • require that employees be trained on (1) the importance of preventative cool-down rest periods, (2) mandatory cool-down rest periods when the outdoor temperature is at least 89 degrees Farenheit, (3) employer procedures for providing shade, and (4)employer procedures for effective observation and communication with employees cocnerning heat-related illness.

It also readopts rules (which expired on November 13, 2021) addressing occupational exposure to wildfire smoke for certain workplaces and operations. The rules include requirements for (1) employers to determine the levels of certain particulate matter (PM), (2) communication of hazards to employees and procedures for protection against wildfire smoke, (3) monitoring for and providing medical care for employees displaying symptoms of illness related to wildlife smoke, and (4) supplying respiratory protection to employees when PM levels reach certain thresholds.

European Union

New Principal Document – Regulation (EU) 2022/869 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2022 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure, amending Regulations (EC) No 715/2009, (EU) 2019/942 and (EU) 2019/943 and Directives 2009/73/EC and (EU) 2019/944, and repealing Regulation (EU) No 347/2013

First Effective Date: 23 June 2022
Industry Sector: Utilities & Communications Industry

This document, according to its content, “lays down guidelines for the timely development and interoperability of the priority corridors and areas of trans-European energy infrastructure (energy infrastructure priority corridors and areas) set out in Annex I that contribute to ensuring climate change mitigation,” and includes, inter alia, provisions concerning the identification of projects on the Union list, the implementation of projects, “rules for the cross-border allocation of costs and risk-related incentives for projects on the Union list,” and provisions on “the conditions for eligibility of projects on the Union list for Union financial assistance.”

It also repeals the Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure and repealing Decision No 1364/2006/EC and amending Regulations (EC) No 713/2009, (EC) No 714/2009 and (EC) N.

Additional information can be found here and here.

New Principal Document – Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/996 of 14 June 2022 on rules to verify sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions saving criteria and low indirect land-use change-risk criteria (Text with EEA relevance)

First Effective Date: 30 June 2022
Industry Sector: Oil & Gas Industry, Utilities & Communications Industry

This document sets out harmonized rules in respect of the compliance of economic operators with the sustainability and greenhouse gas saving criteria established in Directive (EU) 2018/2001 and in Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/807. It notably covers “general rules on governance, internal monitoring, complaints procedures and transparency of voluntary schemes,” “audit process, audit scope, qualifications of auditors and audit supervision,” “specific rules on the implementation of the mass balance system, the union database and the establishment of GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions and biological fraction of fuels,” and “specific rules on compliance with the requirements on low ILUC [Indirect Land Use Change]-risk certification.”

Denmark

New Principal Document – Executive Order on notification of occupational accidents, etc. to the Danish Working Environment Authority

First Effective Date: 1 July 2022
Industry Sector: General Industry, Office Spaces

This document sets out the requirements for employers to report work-related incidents to the Danish Work Environment Authority, such as work-related physical violence, threats and other abuses outside of working hours, cases of poisoning while working for the employer, etc.

It replaces the Executive Order on notification of occupational accidents, etc. to the Danish Working Environment Authority. The new document primarily covers the same scope as the superseded document, with changes focused on clarifying certain requirements, such as requiring employers to report accidents as soon as possible and no later than 14 days after the first day of absence from work to report an accident at work, rather than within 9 days, and providing for mandatory digital notification through the joint notification system of the Danish Labour Market Authority’s Business Insurance and the Danish Work Environment Authority, rather than the joint notification system of the National Board of Industrial Injuries and the Danish Work Environment Authority.

New Principal Document – Executive Order on notification of accidents under the Occupational Injuries Insurance Act

First Effective Date: 1 July 2022
Industry Sector: General Industry, Office Spaces, Building Management & Maintenance

This document applies to the reporting of work accidents to insurance companies and Arbejdsmarkedets Erhvervssikring (a self-governing institution administered by the ATP-Labor Market Supplementary Pension). Notably, it covers the definition of work accidents, the obligation to report accidents, work-related violence, and the procedure for reporting accidents.

Additional information is available here (Danish only).

New Principal Document – Executive Order on the waste register and on approval as a collection company

First Effective Date: 1 July 2022
Industry Sector: Road Transportation Industry, Utilities & Communications Industry

This document establishes registration requirements for certain companies and facilities related to waste collection and management, such as waste treatment facilities, recycling facilities, and waste transporters. It replaces a previous Executive Order on the Waste Register and on approval as a collection company.

Additional information is available here (Danish only).

New Principal Document – Executive Order on waste regulations, fees and actors, etc.

First Effective Date: 1 July 2022
Industry Sector: General Industry, Building Management & Maintenance

This document sets out requirements for waste management and disposal. It contains primarily regulations for companies regarding the access to recycling sites, the obligation to comply with the prescribed municipal waste scheme, the handling, reporting and sorting of waste, as well as requirements for waste treatment facilities. It replaces a previous Executive Order on waste regulations, fees and actors, etc.

The new document primarily covers the same scope as the superseded document, with certain changes, including:

  • clarifying the applicability of the prescribed municipal waste collection scheme;
  • specifying the obligation of waste-producing companies in respect of waste treatment and transportation, as well as the documentation and reporting obligations of waste collection companies to provide proof of the suitability of the waste for material recovery;
  • setting out provisions respecting the automated waste sorting plants; and
  • requiring the separate account prepared by the municipal treatment plant to be submitted to the Supply Inspectorate instead of the Danish Energy Agency.

New Zealand

New Principal Document – Water Services (Drinking Water Standards for New Zealand) Regulations 2022

First Effective Date: 14 November 2022
Industry Sector: Utilities & Communications Industry

This document applies to drinking water suppliers. According to its content, it provides the “limits (referred to as the maximum acceptable values (MAV)) for the concentration of certain determinands in drinking water that must not be exceeded at any time.”

Additional information is available here.

South Africa

New Principal Document – National Railway Safety Regulator Act: Regulations on Notifiable Railway Occurrences

First Effective Date: 3 June 2022
Industry Sector: Rail Transportation Industry

This document establishes provisions concerning the notification of railway occurrences managed within the operator’s Safety Management System. Notably, it contains requirements for the operator to report fatalities and injuries to personnel performing safety-critical and safety-related work, and telephonically notify the Chief Executive Officer within 15 minutes of any railway occurrence that result in injuries or fatalities to people, or that significantly damage property and/or the environment. The document also specifies the conditions and information needed to submit an immediate written notification following the telephonic notification.

Thailand

New Principal Document – Notification Of The Ministry Of Industry Re: Safety Measures For Chemical Management In Industrial Factory B.E.

First Effective Date: 22 October 2022
Industry Sector: General Industry

This document sets out safety measures for the management of chemicals in industrial plants and factories. It notably covers requirements for receiving, handling, storage, and using hazardous chemicals.

Additional information is available here.

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