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HSE releases guidance on dangerous substances

10th December 2013 | Warning Signs

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released an updated document informing companies of how to approach dangerous substances and explosive atmospheres in the workplace.

The document, an update to the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres

Regulations 2002, consolidates five existing Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) into one piece of health and safety guidance.

The document advises that warning signs should be used to mark “places classified as hazardous”, and that hazardous areas should be clearly marked out, among other guidance to help companies abide by health and safety legislation.

The new ACOP was brought into existence following extensive public consultation, and was approved by the HSE board. The document does not alter companies’ legal requirements, just advises them of how best to abide by them.

Karen Clayton, director of the HSE’s Long Latency Health Risks Division, said: “The text is now clearer and simpler overall and merging the five ACOPs eliminates repetition across the original documents.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801670565-ADNFCR


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