Industrial Health and Safety

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 17 March 2014.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Health and Safety Executive Approved Codes of Practice (a) have been reviewed since May 2010, (b) are scheduled for review or amendment and (c) are not currently scheduled for review.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

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 Of these, five have been revised and re-published, nine consolidated into three revised ACOPs and five withdrawn completely.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

L8—Legionnaires' disease. The Control of legionella bacteria in water systems

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.

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