We previously reported on the HSE consultation on changes to the CDM Regulations.  In the meantime the HSE continues with their consultation agenda, which includes the revisal of the Approved Codes of Practice (ACOP) on the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) (L22); Safe Use of Power Presses (L112) and Safe Use of Woodworking Equipment (L114).

The Löfstedt review recommended that the Health and Safety Executive (“HSE”) should review all of the ACOPs, and an initial consultation for the review of 30 ACOPs was undertaken in 2012.

More than 92% of respondents to the Löfstedt consultation agreed the ACOPs relating to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) - Provision and Use of Work Equipment (L22), Safe Use of Power Presses (L112), and Safe Use of Woodworking Equipment (L114) – needed to be revised and updated. This led to the HSE launching a consultation on the L22, L112 and L114 on 31 March 2014.

The HSE have stated the ACOPs have been revised with a “light touch” and most of the changes are simply removing outdated material, and where appropriate, simplifying the content. 

One of the suggestions made in the 2012 consultation was that the three ACOPs could be combined into one single document, however the HSE have decided that a single document would be “long and unwieldy”.  The 2012 consultation also highlighted that L114 dealt with safety, but not health, despite dust being produced in woodwork being a significant health risk. The revised version of L114 deals with health issues arising from woodworking machinery.

The consultation period closes on 25 May 2014. Those interested in responding should click here.