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IOSH PETITIONS TO STOP SCRAPPING OF CORE CODE

H&S Institution calls on Government for retention of ‘Management’ ACOP

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the Chartered body for health and safety professionals with more than 40,000 individual members in 99 countries.

IOSH President Gerard Hand has opened an online petition on behalf of the Institution to save  the  ‘Management of Health and Safety at Work Approved Code of Practice’ (ACoP) which is described as “the code that protects workers, business and the economy”.  

The e-petition is the first-ever to be posted on behalf of IOSH and states:

“This ACoP helps employers prevent serious work-related injuries, illness and death. Removal implies this is less important – potentially costing life and limb, as well as damaging businesses and the economy.

Employers rely on the authoritative ‘special legal’ status and assurance of the ACoP to ensure they are legally compliant. Removal could cause confusion and uncertainty.

In a recent consultation, the majority of respondents wanted it retained and neither Lord Young nor Professor Löfstedt recommended withdrawal.

Replacing the ACoP with non-approved guidance would NOT provide the same authority, assurance or convenience as a single reference. The Government should work with stakeholders to improve the ACoP and its high-level guidance.

We urge the Government to IMPROVE and RETAIN the ‘Management of Health and Safety at Work Approved Code of Practice’ for the benefit of all concerned.”

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