This petition was submitted during the 2010–2015 Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition government

Petition Save the ‘code’ to protect workers, businesses and the economy

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Save the ‘Management of Health and Safety at Work Approved Code of Practice’ (ACoP)!

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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