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Views sought on revised ACOPs.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched consultations on the revised content of the Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) supporting the Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992 (L24) and the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (L56).
The revisions followed an initial consultation in June 2012 when the HSE board agreed that a number of ACOPs would be revised, consolidated or withdrawn in line with the recommendation by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in his report ‘Reclaiming health and safety for all’.
The proposed changes have been developed by HSE and industry stakeholders to make it easier for employers to understand and meet their legal obligations without over compliance. Legal duties to protect workers' health and safety are not altered by any changes to ACOPs.
Consultative documents and draft versions of the revised ACOPs are available online at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/consult/live.htm. There is a 12-week consultation period for the revised drafts which ends on 30 July 2013. Subject to the outcome of the consultation and ministerial approval, the revised ACOPs will be published by the end of the year.