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November 19, 2013

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Revised ACoP to protect the health, safety and welfare of workers

The HSE has published new guidance for employers on how to protect the health, safety and welfare of their workers.
 
Following a consultation, the HSE has reviewed and update 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.
 
The ACoP was one of several identified for review and revision, consolidation or withdrawal in line with a recommendation by Professor Löfstedt’s report, Reclaiming health and safety for all.
 
The revised ACoP is intended to help employers meet their legal obligations and reduce the risks of over-compliance. The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 cover a range of issues and apply to most workplaces with the exception of: those involving work on construction sites; those who work in or on a ship; and those who work below ground at a mine. 
 
Legal responsibilities to protect workers’ health and safety are not altered by any changes to the ACoP. 
 
Chris Rowe, spokesperson for the HSE, said: “The revised ACoP has not only been updated, it will help employers understand the regulatory requirements on key issues such as temperature, cleanliness, workstations and seating, toilets and washing facilities.”
 
The revised publication can be found at: www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l24.htm

Sleep and Fatigue: Director’s Briefing

Fatigue is common amongst the population, but particularly among those working abnormal hours, and can arise from excessive working time or poorly designed shift patterns. It is also related to workload, in that workers are more easily fatigued if their work is machine-paced, complex or monotonous.

This free director’s briefing contains:

  • Key points;
  • Recommendations for employers;
  • Case law;
  • Legal duties.
Barbour EHS

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Old ACOP = 51 pages. New ACOP/Guide – 60 pages, with zero change in the law, merely 17.6% more verbiage. Great job in killing off the health and safety culture for good!