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New guidance on health and safety

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published new guidance on protecting the health, safety and welfare of workers.

Following public consultation, HSE has reviewed and updated the Workplace Regulations Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) (L24) to make it easier for groups including employers, building owners, landlords and managing agents to understand and meet their legal obligations.

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 cover a wide range of health, safety and welfare issues and apply to most workplaces except for construction sites, ships and below ground in mines.

HSE spokesman Chris Rowe said: “Across HSE we are working hard to ensure that employers have access to good quality advice, which makes clear what they need to do to protect workers.

“The revised ACOP has not only been updated, it will help employers understand the regulatory requirements on key issues such as temperature, cleanliness, workstations and seating, toilets and washing facilities.”

Legal responsibilities to protect workers’ health and safety are not altered by any changes to the ACOP.