Updated Guidance on Controlling Hazardous Substances in the Workplace

Information on controlling substances that are hazardous to the health of workers has been updated to help businesses comply with legal requirements. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revised its Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) to clarify…

Information on controlling substances that are hazardous to the health of workers has been updated to help businesses comply with legal requirements.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revised its Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) to clarify and simplify practical advice to help dutyholders comply with the requirements of Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH).

Contained within an updated document, the revised guidance is aimed at management, supervisory staff, safety representatives and technical specialists (e.g. occupational hygienists, consultants etc).

The revisions reflect other ongoing reviews of technical guidance associated with COSHH, e.g. for Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV); and on Health Surveillance, and clarify specialist terminology wherever possible.

The changes follow a period of public consultation and HSE Board and ministerial approval.

The revised ACOP is available on the HSE website at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l5.htm

Legal responsibilities to protect workers’ health and safety are not altered by any changes to ACOPs.

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