Compliance blog

In December, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) announced that it had consolidated five Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) under the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) to help employers more quickly and easily understand how to protect their workers from dangerous substances and explosive atmospheres.

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.

The new ACOP is being introduced following public consultation and ministerial and HSE Board approval.

Director of HSE’s Long Latency Health Risks Division, Kären Clayton explained: “The text is now clearer and simpler overall and merging the five ACOPs eliminates repetition across the original documents. Navigation has been improved with an enhanced contents list to enable the dutyholder to find the advice that is of most interest to them.”

Legal responsibilities (i.e. the requirements of the DSEAR regulations) to protect workers’ safety are not altered by any redrafting to the ACOP.