Following the Löfstedt Report, which aims in part to make it easier for businesses to find reliable and licensed consultants, a new Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for work with asbestos is currently in a review phase. The HSE are inviting comments and responses on the proposed changes to both L143 and L127 before a September 30th deadline. The revised regulations are expected to be published before the end of 2013. As an effort to make it easier for both domestic and businesses customers to find an ethical consultant, the new codes of practice will be simplified and made easier to understand. Large blocks of text, for example, will be replaced by bullet points, and the 32-page limit currently set for HSE publications will be lifted. This is essential for businesses and other customers to understand their legal rights and standing, and the new ACOPs will also reflect the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 to create a consolidated, up-to-date version.
This review and consolidation of both L143 and L127, coupled with an emphasis on ease of understanding and eliminating duplication of information and regulations, will likely lead to a merging of the two current ACOPs. So far this is a contentious point, but one clearly favoured by the HSE. By reviewing and updating important sections on things like keeping medical records and segregating asbestos working areas, together with simplifying and enforcing sections on duty to manage, the HSE believes that it will be in a better position to ensure ‘Safety For All’.
The comments and feedback phase is an important aspect of the implementation of the new consolidated ACOPs. The initial draft was created internally at the end of last year, and submitted to shareholders by Christmas 2012. Feedback from stakeholders was received and reviewed early this year, and the September 30th deadline for feedback and responses from the public is set to meet an expected publication date of November 2013.
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