The period for submission of comments on various Approved Codes of Practice is now over. This includes those for the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002, and L8 which is concerned with the prevention and control of legionella.
The responses are being reviewed. Subject to the outcome of the consultation and ministerial approval, the revised ACOPs will be published by the end of 2013. The last date for view on the proposed consolidated version of Approved Code of Practice L143 “Work with materials containing asbestos” is 30 September 2013. This document will incorporate Approved Code of Practice L127 which deals with the management of asbestos in non-domestic premises. This represents a challenge, as it has been agreed that all codes will be limited to 35 pages as a maximum.