Five pieces of health and safety guidance have been combined to help employers more quickly and easily understand how to protect their workers from dangerous substances and explosive atmospheres.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has consolidated five Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) under the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR), covering issues from plant design and operation, through to maintenance. The consolidated document (with the series code L138) is relevant to businesses handling or storing flammable substances.

Karen Clayton, Director of HSE’s Long Latency Health Risks Division, explained: “The text is now clearer and simpler overall and merging the five ACOPs eliminates repetition across the original documents. Navigation has been improved with an enhanced contents list to enable the dutyholder to find the advice that is of most interest to them.”

Legal responsibilities (ie the requirements of the DSEAR regulations) to protect workers’ safety are not altered by any redrafting to the ACOP.

If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to discuss in more detail, please contact our Risk Manager, Simon Whitnall, on 01704 500999