Updated HSE ACOP – Welfare Regs.
This month the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published new guidance for employers on how to protect the health, safety and welfare of their workers.
Following consultation, HSE has reviewed and updated the Workplace Regulations Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) (L24) to make it easier for employers to understand and meet their legal obligations and so reduce the risks of over-compliance.
Following recommendations by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in his report ‘Reclaiming health and safety for all’, the ACOP was identified for review and revision, consolidation or withdrawal.
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 cover a wide range of basic health, safety and welfare issues and apply to most workplaces except for those involving work on construction sites, those who work in or on a ship and those who work below ground at a mine.
Legal responsibilities to protect workers’ health and safety are not altered by any changes to the ACOP.
HSE spokesman Chris Rowe said: ‘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 revised ACOP will help employers understand the regulatory requirements on key issues such as temperature, cleanliness, workstations and seating, toilets and washing facilities.’
The review of and subsequent revision to the Workplace ACOP was subject to public consultation and the changes were agreed by both the HSE Board and the minister of state with responsibility for health and safety.
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