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Proposals to review the HSE’s Approved Codes of Practice

16th April 2013

The Health and Safety Executive’s proposals to review ACOPs has met with controversy from organisations (including IOSH) and individuals across the health and safety field. The proposals follow the recommendation in Professor Löfstedt’s independent review of health and safety legislation ‘Reclaiming health and safety for all’.

Proposals have been made to revise, consolidate or withdraw 15 Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs), to be delivered by mid-2013. These ACOPs relate to topics including DSEAR, Legionella and COSHH. The withdrawal of the ACOP to the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 has also been proposed, to be replaced with a suite of more specific, updated guidance by 2013. Minor amendments or no changes are proposed for a further 15 ACOPs by 2014, including Work Equipment, Pressure Systems and Lead. Finally, it has also been proposed that all ACOP documents be limited to a maximum length of 32 pages (other than in exceptional circumstances).

The public consultation on the proposals ended in September last year. Click here to view an analysis of the responses to the consultation on the HSE’s website.

What does this mean for my business?

These proposals are likely to impact businesses across the country. Mabbett’s health and safety team have a wealth of knowledge and experience and would be happy to discuss any immediate needs you may have and outline the types of services we can offer to assist you and your company remain compliant.

To discuss how Mabbett can assist, or for further information, contact Omar Khalid, Senior Health and Safety Consultant via email at