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Legislation updates 2021

Written by Phoenix Health & Safety
16th December 2021
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1 October 2021 - Natasha's Law

The UK Food Information Amendment, also known as Natasha's Law, came into effect on 1 October 2021, and requires food businesses to provide full ingredient lists and allergen labelling on foods pre-packaged for direct sale on the premises.


1 October 2021 - Halogen Bulbs ban

Halogen light bulbs were banned from sale in shops throughout the UK from 1 October 2021, as part of the Government plan to tackle climate change. 


11 November 2021 - Covid Vaccines in Care Homes

All workers over 18 employed to work in care homes in England (unless medically exempt), registered by the CQC, providing personal or nursing care, must be double vaccinated. This legalisation extends to others coming into the home to provide services. 


24 December 2021 - Covid Vaccine Deadline           

Care home workers and volunteers are to provide a self-certification of exemption from the Covid vaccine via the NHS Pass by 24 December 2021. 


31 December 2021 - SSP Rebate Deadline

All claims under the SSP rebate scheme closed on 30 September 2021. Employers must claim by this date for the employer to get money back under this scheme. 


1 January 2023 - UKCA deadline extended.

The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) is a new UK product marking used for goods placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). It covers most goods that previously required the CE marking, known as ‘new approach’ goods.

The UKCA marking came into effect on 1 January 2021. However, to allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, you will still be able to use the CE marking until 1 January 2023 in most cases.


Fire Safety Act 2021

On 19 March 2020, The Home Office introduced the new Fire Safety Bill to improve fire safety in buildings in England and Wales. The Bill has passed through the parliamentary process to become law – The Fire Safety Act 2021.  It is intended to clarify the scope of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO). Clarifying that the fire safety obligations of the Responsible Person (usually owners or managers) of multi-occupancy residential buildings extend to the structure and external walls (including balconies and windows) and individual flat entrance doors that open into common parts.

Although the law was passed on 29 April 2021, it is unlikely that the Fire Safety Act will be brought into force until the end of 2021 or the beginning of 2022 – the Government has yet to set a date. 


IET Code of Practice 5th Edition Changes

The 5th Edition of the IET Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment; has removed the key phrases of ‘portable’ and ‘appliance’ to place a greater emphasis on managing electrical equipment in the workplace.


The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 officially came into force on 1 April 2020 and applied to all new tenancies as of 1 July 2020. These will be extended to all tenancies – new and existing – as of 1 April 2021. These Regulations ensure all fixed electrical installations and electrical wiring are signed off by a qualified electrician. This includes sockets, wiring, fuse box and any other fixed electrical parts. From 1 April 2021, the same rules will apply for all private tenancies in England, including houses in multiple occupations. A qualified person must carry out the inspection to test all electrical fixtures and fittings in rental properties. Additionally, landlords must obtain a written report of the findings and supply one to the tenants.


Environment Act 2021

The Environment Act 2021 has now passed into UK law to make provision about targets, plans and policies for improving the natural environment: for statements and reports about environmental protection; for the Office for Environmental Protection; about waste and resource efficiency; about air quality; for the recall of products that fail to meet Environmental standards; about water; about nature and biodiversity; for conservation covenants; about the regulation of chemicals; and for connected purposes.


REACH

The UK brought the European Union (EU) Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation into law on 1 January 2021, as UK REACH. UK REACH places equivalent responsibilities and standards on GB companies, as they had under EU REACH. Existing EU authorisations have been carried over into UK REACH - this is referred to as ‘grandfathering’.