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L122 Safety of pressure systems

ACOP L122 Safety of pressure systems


The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR) cover the safe design and use of pressure systems. The aim of PSSR is to prevent serious injury from the hazard of stored energy (pressure) as a result of the failure of a pressure system or one of its component parts.


The revised PSSR ACOP and guidance is aimed at dutyholders under PSSR who are involved with pressure systems used at work. It is for users, owners, competent persons, designers, manufacturers, importers, suppliers and installers of pressure systems used at work.


L123 Health care and first aid on offshore installations and pipeline works

ACOP L123 Health care and first aid on offshore installations and pipeline works - Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989 


The Regulations and Approved Code of Practice in this book are aimed at dutyholders to ensure that they understand and provide adequate first aid and basic health care for all personnel, including visitors, who are injured or become ill while on offshore installations.


It considers the role, responsibilities and competencies of offshore medics and offshore first-aiders and the assessment of basic first-aid and healthcare needs.


ACOP L126 A guide to the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2001


This guide looks at the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2001 (REPPIR). Its aim is to establish a framework for the protection of the public from radiation accidents in premises and on specific transport operations.


It also provides guidance to those who are involved in planning communication strategies to the public and in conveying that information in the event of a radiation emergency arising.


It is aimed at all those who are involved in emergency planning and communication strategies with regard to radiation preparedness.


L132 The Control of Lead at Work

ACOP L132 The Control of Lead at Work Regulations


Excessive exposure to lead has long been recognised as a potential health hazard. This book gives guidance on how you can safely manage the risks from lead in the workplace.


This guidance, together with the Approved Code of Practice in this publication, supports the provisions of the Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002.


The book is aimed at managers, supervisory staff, safety representatives and anybody with a responsibility to control exposure to lead at work.


L133 Unloading petrol from road tankers

ACOP L133 Unloading petrol from road tankers


This Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and guidance is for those people who are involved in the delivery and unloading of petrol at filling stations, including petrol station site operators, road tanker operators, road tanker drivers and the authorities who have responsibility for enforcement of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) at petrol filling stations.


It emphasises the importance of the risk assessment and the roles and responsibilities of the various parties involved.


This second edition brings the document up to date with regulatory and other changes. The guidance has been simplified to clarify what is already required in law by DSEAR in relation to petrol unloading operations. Specific guidance on working at height has been removed as this is not a requirement of DSEAR.


New ACOP text has been added to ensure employers have in place, and maintain, systems to contact the emergency services.


L138 Dangerous substances and explosive atmospheres

ACOP L138 Dangerous substances and explosive atmospheres


This Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and guidance provide practical advice on how to comply with the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR). These Regulations require the elimination or reduction of risk of fire and explosion from substances connected with work activities.


The ACOP is primarily for an informed and experienced audience such as health and safety professionals. It applies to workplaces that manufacture, store, process or use dangerous substances as defined in this publication.


This second edition of L138 incorporates the four previous DSEAR ACOPs on design, storage, control and safe maintenance.


The consolidated ACOP text and guidance have been simplified, streamlined, and restructured to help the reader. No significant new duties are placed on businesses that are in compliance with the replaced ACOPs, although the content has been updated in light of changes to European and domestic legislation, such as substance classification and labelling and general fire safety. The Regulations themselves are unchanged.


L140 Hand-arm vibration

ACOP L140 Hand-arm vibration


Hand-arm vibration or HAV is a widespread hazard for employees in many industries and occupations. This second edition of L140 outlines what an employer’s duties are under the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 as they relate specifically to HAV (HSE publication L141 deals with whole-body vibration).


The book looks at the employer’s legal obligations to control risks to employees’ health and safety from exposure to HAV and to prevent HAV-related diseases such as hand-arm vibration syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome. It covers the management and control of the risks from HAV and how to protect employees, with practical guidance on risk assessments, controlling vibration exposure and arranging health surveillance.


The guidance is aimed at employers as well as those who advise employers, such as health and safety professionals, vibration specialists and occupational health professionals.


L141 Whole-body vibration

ACOP L141 Whole-body vibration


Exposure to whole-body vibration (WBV), particularly to large shocks and jolts, is a back-pain health risk for employees who drive mobile machines or other work vehicles over poor surfaces as a main part of their job.


Employers have a duty to control health risks to their employees from exposure to WBV under the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 (the Vibration Regulations).


This book will be of particular interest to employers in industries where there may be a health risk from WBV include agriculture, construction, forestry, mines and quarries. Risks may also exist where industrial trucks are used to transport materials, eg in factories, depots, warehouses and docks, particularly where the surfaces the trucks travel on are in poor condition or the drivers use poor driving techniques. 


L143 The Control of Asbestos

ACOP L143 The Control of Asbestos Regulations


This publication contains the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and guidance text. Two ACOPs, L127 (The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises) and L143 (Work with materials containing asbestos) have been consolidated into this single revised ACOP. The presentation and language has been updated wherever possible. It provides guidance text for employers about work which disturbs, or is likely to disturb, asbestos, asbestos sampling and laboratory analysis. It also provides guidance on the specific duty to manage asbestos on the owners and/or those responsible for maintenance in non-domestic premises.


The Regulations set out your legal duties and the ACOP and guidance give practical advice on how to comply with those requirements. The Regulations give minimum standards for protecting employees from risks associated with exposure to asbestos.


The Regulations came into force on 6 April 2012, updating and replacing the previous 2006 law. They contain new requirements for certain types of non-licensable work with asbestos on notification of work; designating areas where you are working on asbestos; medical surveillance and record keeping.


L146 Consulting Workers on Health and Safety

ACOP L146 Consulting Workers on Health and Safety


This book gives you the law and guidance on how to consult and involve your employees and their representatives on health and safety matters at work under the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 (as amended) and the Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996 (as amended). It explains the relationship between the two sets of regulations and how they affect you and your workforce; in some workplaces you may have to consult under both sets of regulations.


It should apply to the majority of workplaces. However, the Offshore Installations (Safety Representatives and Safety Committees) Regulations 1989 apply to offshore workplaces. There are also specific requirements to consult your employees or their health and safety representatives in other health and safety legislation which applies to specific industries. Extensive details of further sources of information and industry-specific advice are provided.


It will be of help to employers, trade unions, appointed health and safety representatives, representatives of employee safety, and members of health and safety committees. This second edition, originally published in 2012, has been subject to some minor amendments and corrections to reflect changes to linked HSE guidance and revisions/revocations to other, related pieces of legislation. The guidance remains substantially the same.



Note on ACOPs from the HSE


HSE guidance legal status


This guidance is issued by the Health and Safety Executive. Following the guidance is not compulsory, unless specifically stated, and you are free to take other action. But if you do follow the guidance you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law. Health and safety inspectors seek to secure compliance with the law and may refer to this guidance.


Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) legal status


Each ACOP is approved by the Health and Safety Executive, with the consent of the Secretary of State. It gives practical advice on how to comply with the law. If you follow the advice you will be doing enough to comply with the law in respect of those specific matters on which the Code gives advice. You may use alternative methods to those set out in the Code in order to comply with the law.


However, the Code has a special legal status. If you are prosecuted for breach of health and safety law, and it is proved that you did not follow the relevant provisions of the Code, you will need to show that you have complied with the law in some other way or a Court will find you at fault.

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