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


L103 – Commercial diving projects offshore
L104 – Commercial diving projects inland/inshore
L105 – Recreational diving projects
L106 – Media diving projects
L107 – Scientific and archaeological diving projects

Proposal:  To update and revise these ACOPs for publication by end-2014.

It is proposed that these five ACOPs are retained and revised to update their contents and make it clearer what dutyholders can do to comply with legal requirements.  All five ACOPs provide advice on the Diving at Work Regulations 1997.  Areas of change proposed are:

  • Further guidance to be added which will provide additional options for compliance.
  • Advice on common issues, e.g. first aid provision, to be rationalised across the ACOPs so all diving sectors have the same understanding of issues.
  • Areas of ambiguity identified in the advice provided by these ACOPs to be clarified.
  • Updates to reflect advances in diving technology to be made.
  • References to other relevant legislation and guidance to be updated.

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.