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List of some UK Approved Codes of Practice for Health and Safety cont... Page 6
Health and Safety ACOP L148 to ACOP L155
ACOP L148 Safety in docks.
This Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and guidance covers safety in dock operations and is aimed at those who have a duty to comply with provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. This includes people who control dock premises, suppliers of plant and equipment, dock employers, managers, safety officers, safety representatives and workers.
The ACOP has been designed to address both the larger end of the industry as well as those engaged in dock work in small harbours. The focus is on helping dutyholders of all sizes to easily understand the key requirements needed to comply with the general duties of the Act and other relevant statutory provisions.
This publication also provides details of relevant guidance that has been developed by the Health and Safety Executive, Port Skills and Safety and Unite the Union and others to help employers, employees and the self-employed to comply with the law.
ACOP L149 Mines Regulations 2014. Guidance on Regulations
This publication provides practical advice and guidance on what you have to do to comply with the Mines Regulations 2014. It also directs the reader to other general health and safety regulations that apply at mines and gives additional guidance where appropriate.
It is particularly relevant to mine operators but will also be useful to others within the mining industry such as mine managers; safety representatives and representatives of employee safety; any employer with employees who work below ground at mines; and self-employed contractors working below ground at mines.
ACOP L150 Explosives Regulations 2014 Guidance on Regulations Safety provisions
It is particularly relevant to dutyholders such as employers, private individuals and other people manufacturing explosives, storing larger quantities of explosives or storing explosives that present higher hazards or greater risks of initiation.
This publication provides overarching technical guidance that will help dutyholders to comply with the safety provisions in the Regulations. It also identifies detailed topic-based and specialist guidance and provides background information that supports subsector guidance published elsewhere.
It also contains material relevant to enforcing authorities such as local authority trading standards officers, the police, fire and rescue services and other emergency services. This publication may also be of interest to other government or regulatory agencies and waste disposal operators.
ACOP L151 Explosives Regulations 2014 Guidance on Regulations Security provisions
This publication is for anyone who has duties under the security provisions of the Explosives Regulations 2014 (ER2014). It is particularly relevant to dutyholders:
> acquiring, keeping and transferring relevant explosives;
> manufacturing, storing, transferring and placing on the market civil explosives;
> manufacturing, possessing or transferring plastic explosives.
Explosives Regulations 2014: Security provisions (L151) is the second of two overarching guidance documents. The first is Explosives Regulations 2014: Safety provisions (L150). Both are primarily aimed at more complex and larger operations.
It provides background information and detailed specialist and technical guidance that will help dutyholders to comply with the security provisions in the Regulations.
It also contains material relevant to enforcing authorities such as local authority trading standards officers, the police and fire and rescue services. This publication may also be of interest to other government or regulatory agencies.
ACOP L153 Managing Health and Safety in Construction
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force on 6 April 2015, replacing CDM 2007. This publication provides guidance on the legal requirements for CDM 2015 and is available to help anyone with duties under the Regulations. It describes:
> the law that applies to the whole construction process on all construction projects, from concept to completion; and
> what each dutyholder must or should do to comply with the law to ensure projects are carried out in a way that secures health and safety.
ACOP L154 Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc.) Regulations 2015 - Guidance on Regulations
The Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc) Regulations 2015 (SCR 2015) came into force on 19 July 2015. They apply to oil and gas operations in external waters, that is, the territorial sea adjacent to Great Britain and any designated area within the UK continental shelf. They replace the Offshore Installations (Safety Case) Regulations 2005 (SCR 2005) in these waters, subject to certain transitional arrangements. Activities in internal waters (eg estuaries) will continue to be covered by SCR 2005 and A guide to the Offshore Installations (Safety Case) Regulations 2005 (HSE, L30).
The primary aim of SCR 2015 is to reduce the risks from major accident hazards to the health and safety of the workforce employed on offshore installations or in connected activities. The Regulations also aim to increase the protection of the marine environment and coastal economies against pollution and ensure improved response mechanisms in the event of such an incident.
ACOP L155 Dangerous Goods in Harbour Areas Regulations 2016
This Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and guidance provides practical advice on how to comply with the Dangerous Goods in Harbour Areas Regulations 2016 (DGHAR). These regulations contain specific measures to reduce the risk of a serious incident occurring when dangerous goods pass through harbours and harbour areas. They contain a set of safety provisions for dutyholders aimed at safeguarding ports against major accidents involving dangerous goods by coordinating activities between ship and shore.
This book is for anyone involved in activities in ports, harbours, jetties, docks and wharves that handle dangerous goods. ‘Dangerous goods' means goods meeting the criteria for classification as dangerous in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code.
The Dangerous Goods in Harbour Areas Regulations replace the Dangerous Substances in Harbour Areas Regulations 1987 (DSHAR). Redundant, superseded and duplicated provisions of the existing legislation have been removed and the remaining sections have been updated and simplified in a new, shorter set of regulations.
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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