Consultation process expected to deliver revised ACOPS by end of year…
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is currently undergoing a consultation process to determine what revisions should be introduced to two Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs).
HSE experts as well as leading stakeholders in the relevant health and safety sectors have been working on implementing changes to the ACOPs Workplace health, safety and welfare regulations (L24) and Safety in the installation and use of gas systems and appliances (L56).
An initial consultation was carried out in June 2012 and the consensus reached at that time was to closely review various ACOPS and decide which of them needed to be reformed, changed or done away with altogether. These decisions were taken in the aftermath of the Lofstedt report, titled ‘Reclaiming health and safety for all’, which recommended a streamlining of health and safety protocols in order to improve efficiency and reduce bureaucracy.
The changes proposed by HSE experts and industry stakeholders aim to reduce the health and safety burden on employers by clarifying to them what exactly they are legally expected to do, so that employers fulfill only their legal obligations and don’t fall victim to over compliance.
Draft proposals are currently being prepared and expect to be finalised on 30 July 2013 at the end of a 12-week consultation period.
The HSE are expected to publish any revisions to the ACOPS by the end of the year after the consultation process has concluded and the changes have received ministerial approval.
Author: Julian Roberts
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