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Information & guidance

Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs)

Please note in particular that many of the Approved Codes of Practice were issued prior to the HSE amendment and a number of the standards they refer to are now out of date. Any amendments to or revocation of an approved code of practice must be approved by the Minister.

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Hazardous Substances & New Organisms (HSNO) Codes of Practice

Codes of practice are documents that offer an approved method of achieving compliance with regulatory requirements. A code of practice will tell you how to meet the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act regulation requirements and controls in a way that is legally defensible. However, they are not mandatory and you can adopt other ways of meeting the requirements instead

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Guidance by industry

Information & guidance for some key industries.

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Guidance by hazard type

Information & guidance for certain hazard types.

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Guidance for individuals

A list of information & guidance for individuals.

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All guidance (Alphabetical list)

All guidance and information - sorted alphabetically by title

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Legal framework for ensuring a safe and healthy workplace

Information about the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (HSE Act) and Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (HSNO Act).

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National programmes

National programmes focus on reducing the number of workplace deaths and injuries in the sectors where the most harm is occurring.

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PLEASE NOTE

On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.