Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is reviewing all of its Approved Codes of Practices (ACOP) in line with Professor Löfstedt's independent review of health and safety legislation, 'Reclaiming health and safety for all' (published November 2011).
(a) 19 ACOPs have been reviewed since May 2010. Of these, five have been revised and re-published, nine consolidated into three revised ACOPs and five withdrawn completely. These are:
L5—Control of substances hazardous to health
L24—Workplace health, safety and welfare
L117—Rider-operated lift trucks: Operator training
L118—Health and safety at quarries.
L56—Safety in the installation and use of gas systems and appliances. This is a consolidation of two ACOPs (L56 and COP20: Standards of training in safe gas installation) into a single revised ACOP (L56)
L138—Dangerous substances and explosive atmospheres consolidated the following five ACOPs into a single revised ACOP (L138):
L134—Design of plant, equipment and workplace
L135—Storage of dangerous substances
L136—Control and mitigation measures
L137—Safe maintenance, repair and cleaning procedures
L138—Dangerous substances and explosive atmospheres
L143—Managing and working with Asbestos. This is a consolidation of two ACOPs (L127—The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises and L143—Work with materials containing asbestos) into a single revised ACOP (L143).
L21—Management of health and safety at work
L74—First aid at work
L81—Design, construction and installation of gas service pipes
L116—Preventing accidents to children in agriculture
L130—Compilation of safety data sheets.
(b) A review of a further 14 ACOPS will be completed by the end of 2014. These are:
COP25 Safety in docks to be replaced by L148 Safety in docks ACOP
Five Diving ACOPs:
L103—Commercial diving projects offshore
L104—Commercial diving projects inland/inshore
L105—Recreational diving projects
L106—Media diving projects
L107—Scientific and archaeological diving projects.
Three Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations linked ACOPs:
L22—Safe use of work equipment
L112—Safe use of power presses
L114—Safe use of woodworking machinery
L113-Safe use of lifting equipment
L101—Safe work in confined spaces
L122—Safety of pressure systems
L133—Unloading petrol from road tankers
L146—Consulting workers on health and safety.
A further 19 ACOPs associated with changes to legislation and will be reviewed in accordance with the timescale for legislative change.
(c) All HSE ACOPs are scheduled for review.