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Some of the ever dwindling list of UK ACOP


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.


Health and Safety ACOP L5 to ACOP L30

L5 Control of substances hazardous to health

ACOP L5 Control of substances hazardous to health


This book contains the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended) (COSHH) and covers all substances to which the Regulations apply.


It outlines the preferred or recommended methods that can be used to comply with the Regulations and the accompanying guidance also provides advice on achieving compliance, such as the control of carcinogenic substances or those causing occupational asthma, monitoring control measures and conducting health surveillance.


L8 Legionnaires disease

ACOP L8 Legionnaires disease


This book is aimed at dutyholders, including employers, those in control of premises and those with health and safety responsibilities for others, to help them comply with their legal duties in relation to legionella. These include identifying and assessing sources of risk, preparing a scheme to prevent or control risk, implementing, managing and monitoring precautions, keeping records of precautions and appointing a manager to be responsible for others. 





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ACOP L21 Management of health and safety at work WITHDRAWN (see HSG 65 and INDG 449)


This WITHDRAWN Approved Code of Practice and guide was aimed at employers, managers and other dutyholders for health and safety, including self-employed people. It explains their duties under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, which requires them to assess the risks posed to workers and any others who may be affected by their work or business.The Management of Health and Safety at Work Approved Code of Practice (ACOP – L21) has been withdrawn and is no longer available. If you are looking for information on how to manage risks in your business, HSE has a suite of guidance that will be able to help. Each level of guidance on HSE’s website offers appropriately targeted information, focussed on making compliance as straightforward as possible.


NOTE: L21 is still available from the HSE NI 


L22 Safe use of work equipment

ACOP L22 Safe use of work equipment regulations


This Approved Code of Practice and guidance is aimed at employers, dutyholders and anyone who has responsibility for the safe use of work equipment, such as managers and supervisors. It sets out what is needed to comply with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.The Regulations, commonly known as PUWER, place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over work equipment. PUWER also places responsibilities on businesses and organisations whose employees use work equipment, whether owned by them or not.


L23 Manual Handling

ACOP L23 Manual Handling regulations


It will help employers – and managers, safety representatives and employees – to control and reduce the risk of injury from manual handling.


The Regulations apply to manual handling activities involving the transporting or supporting of loads, including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving loads. A load may be either inanimate, for example a box or a trolley, or animate, for example a person or an animal. The risks from manual handling can be found across all kinds of workplaces - on farms and building sites, in factories, offices, warehouses, hospitals, banks, laboratories and while making deliveries. 


L24 The Workplace

ACOP L24 The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulation


The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 cover a wide range of basic health, safety and welfare issues and apply to most workplaces (except those involving construction work on construction sites, those in or on a ship, or those below ground at a mine).


The book includes the Regulations in full, as well as the Approved Code of Practice and guidance. It will help employers understand the regulatory requirements on issues such as ventilation, temperature, lighting, cleanliness, room dimensions,workstations and seating, floor conditions, falls or falling objects, transparent and translucent doors, gates and walls, windows, skylights and ventilators, traffic routes, escalators, sanitary conveniences and washing facilities.


L25 The Personal Protection at Work Regulations

ACOP L25 The Personal Protection at Work Regulations


This guidance is for those who have responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of people at work or for the safe operation of a workplace.


It provides guidance on the steps to take to try to manage risks without resorting to personal protective equipment (PPE) which should be used as a last resort. It includes details of specific areas of risk and examples of the kind of PPE to consider using where the risk cannot be adequately controlled in other ways.  


L26 Display Screen Regs

ACOP L26 Display Screen Regs


This revised publication gives comprehensive guidance on work with display screens (visual display units). It describes how you can comply with the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992. These regulations apply to companies that use computer screens and similar equipment.


It also gives advice on how to avoid the health risks associated with screen-based work, which can include musculoskeletal disorders, visual fatigue and mental stress. 

L29 A Guide to the Genetically Modified Organisms

ACOP L29 A Guide to the Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2000


The Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2014 came into force on 1 October 2014. This fifth edition of L29 provides practical advice to help dutyholders comply with their legal duties in relation to working with GMOs in contained facilities. It describes the law that applies, sets out the containment measures and other controls that need to be considered and explains the role of the competent authority. The guidance covers carrying out the risk assessment, classifying the contained use work, notifying to the competent authority, applying the relevant control measures and accident reporting.


L30 A guide to the Offshore Installations

ACOP L30 A guide to the Offshore Installations (Safety Case) Regulations 2005


This guide will help people understand the requirements of the Offshore Installations (Safety Case) Regulations 2005. It is a simple explanation of the main provisions of the Regulations to assist those who have duties under the Regulations (including licensees, installation operators, installation owners, well operators) and others involved with offshore activities.


The main aim of the Regulations is to reduce the risks from major accident hazards to the health and safety of those working on offshore installations or in connected activities. The Regulations implement the central recommendation of Lord Cullen’s report on the public inquiry into the Piper Alpha disaster: that the operator or owner of every offshore installation should be required to prepare a safety case and submit it to HSE for acceptance.  


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