Guide to controlling hazardous substances in the workplace updated
Posted by Nicole Stevens
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released a newly-updated set of guidelines on the subject of how companies should deal with hazardous substances in the workplace.
‘The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations’ is an updated version of the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP), intended to give firms the guidance to deal with any potentially hazardous substances.
The HSE hopes that the updated ACOP will make companies better able to fulfil the legal requirements for protecting their employees.
These requirements have not changed as a result of the updated ACOP.
The document is intended for management, supervisory staff, safety representatives and technical specialists.
It gives guidance on many health and safety topics concerning hazardous materials, such as “displaying suitable and sufficient warning signs” and “specifying appropriate decontamination and disinfection procedures”.
According to the updated ACOP, following the guidance is not compulsory. However, “if you do follow the guidance you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law”.
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