RRC’s Technical Updates are user-friendly guides to topical pieces of health, safety and environmental law and guidance. Produced by RRC’s tutor team primarily to update students on legislative changes, these guides have also become very popular with practitioners who find them a really easy way to keep up to date with the latest changes.
The two most recent Technical Updates can be downloaded from this page. Others are accessible for free by registering with RRC.
Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 - What You Need to Know
Despite decades of legislative control, asbestos still represents a significant health hazard, particularly for those who have to work with the material. The revised Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 have introduced additional requirements for certain types of work with asbestos. This Technical Update provides a handy guide to the changes and what you need to do to comply.
Managing Food Safety – What the Health and Safety Professional Needs to Know
Food safety management can be difficult, especially for establishments where health and safety professionals are not always on-site. In this guide you will find all the information you need on managing food safety, including the Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 on the Hygiene of Foodstuffs which provides a methodological approach to food safety management. This Technical Update also provides some background information on the causes and symptoms of food poisoning as well as some useful sources of information.
ISO19011: 2011 - Call in the Auditors
ISO19011 provides guidance on the principles of auditing management systems – whether for quality or the environment. This Technical Update provides a really useful introduction to management systems and information on the latest edition of the Standard.
EH40 - Workplace Exposure Limits
EH40 is all about protecting us from harmful substances at work.
The Second Edition of this HSE guidance document was published late last year (2011) and contains several important updates.
This Technical Update provides a helpful overview of what EH40 is all about and how it can be used to protect yourself and your employees at work.
The Dark Side of Tanning: Regulation on the Use of Sunbeds
After many years of reliance on good practice guidance, the UK has recently resorted to legislation to control the use of sunbeds; the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 came into force in April 2011. In this short guide we will consider the requirement for this type of legislation and some of the key details. There's also some information on staying safe in the sun - for those of you not interested in artificial tanning.
PAS 1010: Guidance on the Management of Psychosocial Risks in the Workplace
Stress, violence, harassment (included bullying) are known collectively as psychological risks. Unlike many other risks, they can be nebulous and intractable when it comes to trying to tackle them.
BS ISO31000: 2009 Risk Management - Principles and Guidelines
BS ISO 31000:2009 Risk Management -
Principles and Guidelines is the UK implementation of the
international standard which provides generic guidance on the
effective management of business risks. The standard itself is
complicated, but the key principles are really quite straightforward
and the process itself can be applied to an entire organisation or
a specific function, project or activity. Our Technical Update
will cut through the jargon and provide you with the crucial
information at the heart of the standard.
The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002
The Dangerous Substances and Explosive
Atmospheres Regulations came into force in 2002, although recent
high profile prosecutions would suggest that organisations still
don't fully understand their responsibilities and legal
obligations. This short guide will provide you with the key
information you need about DSEAR, including what constitutes a
'dangerous substance' and the precautions employers are required
to implement in order to control these risks.
The Control of Artificial Optical Radiation at Work Regulations 2010
The Control of Artificial Optical
Radiation at Work Regulations 2010 came into force on the 27th
April 2010. Essentially, they require employers to take suitable
precautions in order to reduce the risk of workers suffering
ill-health effects as a result of exposure to harmful sources of
artificial optical radiation. This guide outlines the sources of
artificial optical radiation which are likely to cause harm and
summarises all the key information you need to know.
Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2009
The Environmental Damage (Prevention
and Remediation) Regulations 2009 implement Directive 2004/25/EC on
environmental liability. But what do they actually mean? This short
guide is designed to give you all of the information you need and
explain how the regulations could affect you.
Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008
The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 came
into force at the end of December 2009. Although they apply mainly
to machinery manufacturers, we all benefit from the safety
requirements they enforce. This short guide is designed to provide
a concise summary of the Regulations and how they could affect
European CLP Regulation
This guide summarises
the changes to chemical labelling for chemical substances and
mixtures, as covered by the European Classification, Labelling and
Packaging Regulation (EC 1272/2008).
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
fire safety legislation came into force on 1 October 2006
abolishing fire certificates and shifting responsibility for fire
safety away from the fire service to rest clearly with employers,
managers and other persons in control of premises. Where once they
would have relied on the fire service to carry out a fire safety
assessment, managers now have to assess and manage fire risk
themselves. This guide sets out the requirements of the new
legislation and explains how to deal with them.
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007
In April 2007, the Construction (Design
and Management) Regulations 2007 came into force. While many of
the requirements of the previous regulations remain, the new
regulations had a significant impact on the way in which
construction projects are managed. Our FREE guide looks at the
various changes that affect the ways in which 'duty holders' have
to manage their responsibilities.
REACH - the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical Regulation
The REACH Regulation came
into force on 1 June 2007. This guide will help you gain an
understanding of what this new regulation really means.