• International Workplace
  • 13 September 2019

HSE issues new guidance on no-deal Brexit

It's hard to avoid talk of Brexit, but with planning for a no-deal increasingly on the agenda, the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has updated the guidance on its website. The agency is at pains to emphasise that the duties of individuals and employers are unchanged by Brexit, but provides useful updates in the event of a no-deal Brexit and the impact of a lack of implementation period. 

The guidance relates to:

  • Working with explosives
  • Workplace equipment and machinery
  • Chemicals industry guidance:
  • Biocides Authorisation of biocidal substances and products
  • CLP Classification, labelling and packaging of substances and chemicals
  • PIC Export and import of hazardous chemicals from and into Europe
  • PPP Pesticides or Plant Protection Products
  • REACH Registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals


The government has also released guidance for businesses in the event that the UK leaves the EU with no deal. The online tool allows businesses to understand:

  • what it may need to do to prepare for Brexit;
  • what’s changing in your industry; and
  • information on specific rules and regulations.