ACoP L21: 2000 is withdrawn. See here for Britain’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statement on this.
The Health and Safety Management Regulations provide the framework for managing health and safety. ACOP L21 provided an explanation of the regulations, definitions and the principles to be applied in complying with the regulations.
In most cases there was no one recommended method to be used to achieve compliance. Instead the view has been that the recommended compliance approach should vary depending on the size and nature of a business, and consequently the ACOP did not describe methods of compliance with sufficient precision for dutyholders to be certain they have complied with their legal obligations.
As a result, the generic nature of the ACOP had meant that it was unable to offer the ‘practical guidance’ that ACOPs are intended to be used for. It was identified as being in need of reform by both Lord Young in his report ‘Common Sense Common Safety’ and Professor Löfstedt in ‘Reclaiming health and safety for all’ (http://www.dwp.gov.uk/policy/health-and-safety/#reform).
The ACOP is now withdrawn and its place is taken by online guidance (on the HSE’s website) including:
– Health and Safety Made Simple
– a revision to the guidance previously branded as “Essentials”
– revised Five Steps to Risk Assessment
– changes to Managing for Heath and Safety (HSG65).
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