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10th December 2013

A number of key Health & Safety Executive Approved Codes of Practice and Guidance documents have recently been published.

1) COSHH - The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revised its Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) to clarify and simplify practical advice to help dutyholders comply with the requirements of Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH). The revised ACOP is available on the HSE website at:

2) Legionnaires' disease - This guidance is for dutyholders, which includes employers, those in control of premises and those with health and safety responsibilities for others, to help them comply with their legal duties. These include identifying and assessing sources of risk, preparing a scheme to prevent or control risk, implementing, managing and monitoring precautions, keeping records of precautions and appointing a manager responsible for others.

The guidance is in three parts:

3) Workplace Regulations - Following consultation, HSE has reviewed and updated the Workplace Regulations Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) (L24) to make it easier for
employers, building owners, landlords and managing agents to understand and meet their legal obligations. The revised ACOP has been updated, and it will help employers understand the regulatory requirements on key issues such as temperature, cleanliness, workstations and seating, toilets and washing facilities.”

For more information visit HSE's Publications Website.

4) DSEAR - The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has consolidated five Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) under the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR), covering issues from plant design and operation, through to maintenance.  

The consolidated document (with the series code L138) is relevant to businesses handling or storing flammable substances. It is available to download or purchase from the HSE website at:


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