Recent HSE Consultations

Proposals to remove twelve legislative measures

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released a consultative document seeking the views on its proposals to remove 12 legislative measures (two Acts and ten Regulations), which the HSE believes are either redundant or have been overtaken by more up to date legislation.

It is proposed that the following legislation be removed:

  • Factories Act 1961 (FA61)
  • Offices, Shops & Railway Premises Act 1963 (OSRPA)
  • Factories Act (Docks, Building and Engineering Construction, etc) Modification Regulations 1938
  • Factories Act 1937 (Extension of Section 46) Regulations 1948
  • Factories Act 1961 and Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963 (Repeals and Modifications) Regulations 2009
  • Factories Act 1961 (Repeals) Regulations 1975
  • Factories Act 1961 etc (Metrication) Regulations 1983
  • Factories Act 1961 etc (Repeals and Modifications) Regulations 1974
  • Factories Act 1961 etc (Repeals) Regulations 1976
  • Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963 (Repeals and Modifications) Regulations 1974
  • Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963 (Repeals) Regulations 1975
  • Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963 etc (Repeals) Regulations 1976

The consultative document, which can be viewed on the HSE website, opened on 17 June and will finish on 12 July 2013.

Views sought on revised Approved Codes of Practice

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has also launched three consultations on changes to the content of the following Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs).

  • Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) (L134-138)
  • Control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH) (L5)
  • The control of legionella bacteria in water systems (L8)

Following an initial consultation in June 2012, it was agreed by the HSE board that a number of ACOPs would be revised, consolidated or withdrawn in line with the recommendation by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in his report ‘Reclaiming health and safety for all’.

The proposed changes make it easier for employers to understand and meet their legal obligations and so reduce the risks of over compliance. Legal responsibilities to protect workers’ health and safety are not altered by any changes to ACOPs.

The revised drafts are now subject to a 12-week consultation ending on 23 August 2013. Dependent on the outcome of the consultations and ministerial approval, the revised ACOPs will be published by the end of the year.

Consultative documents and draft versions of the revised ACOPs are available online at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/consult/live.htm.