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Consultation on proposals to review HSE's Approved Codes of Practice

Section 1.5 - Hazardous substances

L5 –Control of substances hazardous to health (Fifth edition)

Proposal:  To revise this ACOP in combination with improvements to other HSE COSHH guidance for low risk industries to be published by end-2013.

It is proposed that L5 is retained and revised to make it clearer what dutyholders can do to comply with legal requirements and to reduce duplication of other more targeted guidance.  Areas of change proposed are:

  • Material supporting Regulations 7, 9, 10 and 11 to be updated to take account of regulatory changes such as the introduction of the EU regulations for REACH and CLP.
  • Material to be updated and amended to reflect other ongoing reviews of technical guidance associated with COSHH, e.g. for Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) and Health Surveillance.
  • Guidance material provided in the appendices to the ACOP, e.g. guidance on the principles of good practice, to be removed and made available separately on the HSE website.

Improvements will also be made to the HSE COSHH website to improve the clarity of guidance and provide additional guidance, particularly for low risk industries.

If you also wish to comment on the proposal to introduce a limit on the length of ACOPs please remember to visit Section 3 of the consultation. After you have clicked 'Save these answers', click on the plus icon in the left-hand menu of this document to expand the menu and then select Section 3.