December 6 2013.

Following consultation, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reviewed and updated the Workplace Regulations Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) (L24) to make it easier for employers, building owners, landlords and managing agents to understand and meet their legal obligations while reducing the risks of over compliance.

An ACOP provides practical guidance on complying with the general duties of the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) or the requirements of goal-setting regulations. ACOPs are not law but do have a special legal status; if the advice in ACOP material is followed in relevant circumstances dutyholders should be complying with the law.

Revisions from the previous edition (published in 1992) include simplifying the language to clarify what dutyholders must do to comply with the Workplace Regulations; updating the ACOP to include the provisions of the Miscellaneous Amendment Regulations 2002; improving guidance and referring to the most up-to-date and relevant standards for advice; and removing out-of-date duties and requirements that are superseded by newer legislation.

More information can be found HERE.