i was wondering how people are coping with the ever changing legislation,or if people are even aware of certain legislation.
some of these new rules/laws will only affect companies that have more than a certain amount of employees,other legislation affects everyone.
here are some examples that effect us - hand arm vibration,this effects everyone,and should make a difference to what power tools you buy,all makers need to provide the HAV figures for the tools (how long you can safely use that tool per day) and HAV is a cumulative rule,so if you use up your daily ration on one tool (the old hayter 56 are very high),you cannot use another......yeah right!! these figures are needed when filling in risk assessment sheets that are needed when working for local authorities etc.
A limit of a 750kg trailer if test passed after oct 1997...effects a couple of our young lads.
ladders/steps...20min inspection time,then use a "work platform",we have a henchman,basically a large set of steps with a plate to stand on and a rail (www.henchman.co.uk) .
Police and/or crb checks when working in schools.
A license to carry green waste (not rubble, I dont know why not).
Flammable liquid stickers on vans/cans when carrying fuel. I also think there is a license to carry more than a certain amount of fuel as well,ill check on that.
This list goes on...lone working practices,manual handling courses,first aid...etc..............let me know what you think,any questions..i know a little about a lot :)
"A license to carry green waste (not rubble, I dont know why not)."
Not acording to the EA if you have created the waste as part of your work as a gardener
"Thank you for your e-mail to the Environment Agency.
A customer will need to register as a waste carrier and dealer in the upper tier if:
A customer will not need to register as a waste carrier if:
There are scenarios when the wood produced by a tree surgeon is not classed as waste but classed as virgin timber. Our position statement on the environmental regulation of wood clarifies when we consider wood to be waste and when we don't, and is available on our website at the following link:
For the purposes of UK waste management legislation, "waste" is defined as any substance or object, as set out in Annex 1 of the Waste Framework Directive, which the "holder" discards or intends to discard, or is required to discard. The "holder" is "the producer of the waste or the natural or legal person who is in possession of it"."
Hope this helps!
LOL well spotted Steve. Ignore any legislation and revert to common sense, only worry when you are not in possession of the latter or using dodgy kit...