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Health and Safety Executive issues updated ACOP for COSHH

COSHH ACOPDec 10th 2013. The Health and Safety Executive have issued a revised ACOP on COSHH, (controlling substances that are hazardous to the health of workers) It has been updated to help businesses comply with legal requirements.

The new Approved Code of Practice helps to clarify and simplify practical advice and helps duty holders comply with the requirements of Control of Substances Hazardous to Health.

It also takes account of regulatory changes following the introduction of the EU Regulations for REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals.) and CLP (European Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures).

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. You can download a copy of the new ACOP here.