New EA fees published today

The Environment Agency (EA) has today released its new fees and charges scheme.

The changes follow the consultation carried out late last year and enable the EA to charge for the cost of regulatory activity.

The new charging scheme covers a wide range of activities:

  • Flood risk activities
  • Installations
  • Waste operations
  • Mining waste operations
  • Mobile plant
  • Land spreading
  • Water discharge activities
  • Groundwater activities
  • Radioactive substances activities
  • Exempt waste operations

Most charges are applied from 1st April 2018. The notable exception is specific supplementary environmental permit charges which will be applied from 1st October 2018:

  • Application charges for sites of high public interest
  • Time and materials charging after a pollution incident and for assessing information submitted to meet a permit condition

Further details of the new guidance and charging scheme can be found here.

We will publish further details regarding the implications for our clients next week.

New occupational health and safety ISO published today

The new BS ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems was published today (12th March 2018).  The ‘world’s first global occupational health and safety management system standard’ differs significantly from the current occupational health and safety management standard OHSAS 18001:2007.

OHSAS 18001 is being withdrawn on publication of ISO 45001 so companies that are currently certified to OHSAS 18001 will have a three year period to upgrade to ISO 45001 (by 11th March 2021).