Workplace Regulations Approved Code of Practice Updated
Following a period of consultation the Health and Safety Executive has updated the Workplace Regulations Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) (L24). The document is aimed at employers, building owners, landlords and managing agents with a view to providing information they need to meet their legal obligations under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. HSE spokesperson Chris Rowe explained; ?The revised ACOP has not only been updated, it will help employers understand the regulatory requirements on key issues such as temperature, cleanliness, workstations and seating, toilets and washing facilities. Across HSE we are working hard to ensure that employers have access to good quality advice which makes clear what they need to do to protect workers.??
The code was one of a number identified as needing review and revision by Professor Ragnar L?fstedt in his report, Reclaiming Health and Safety For All. Revisions from the previous edition (published in 1992) include simplifying the language to clarify what duty holders must do to comply with the Workplace Regulations. This applies to most workplaces with the exception of work on construction sites, on ships or in mines. The ACOP now includes the provisions of the Miscellaneous Amendment Regulations 2002 as well as removing out of date duties and requirements that have been superseded by more recent legislation. The changes have been approved by the HSE Board and the minister of state with responsibility for health and safety.
The revised code can be viewed at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l24.htm