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Publications to help you interpret the law

This list will be updated as publications are withdrawn or revised.

The following publications contain Statutory Instruments and/or Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs). The latter have been approved by the Health and Safety Executive (formerly the Health and Safety Commission) with the consent of the Secretary of State and have a special status in law. Most of the titles contain guidance alongside the legislation which should help readers comply with the law. Additional guidance is available on the HSE website.

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Title Ref Year ISBN
Legionnaires' disease: the control of legionella bacteria in water systems. Approved Code of Practice and guidance L8 2003 0717617726
Manual handling. Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) L23 1992 071762823X
Approved classification and labelling guide: Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2002 L131 2002 0717623696
Approved Supply List (8th ed). Information approved for the packaging and labelling of substances and preparations dangerous for supply: Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2002 (as amended) L142 2005 0717661385
CHIP for everyone HSG228 2002 071762370X
Coal Mines (Owners' Operating Rules) Regulations 1993 L47 1993 071760621X
Commercial diving projects in land/iInshore. Diving at Work Regulations 1997. L104 2002 0717614956
Commercial diving projects offshore. Diving at Work Regulations 1997. L103 2000 0717614948
Compilation of safety data sheets (3rd Edition) : Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2002 L130 2002 0717623718
Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989 L102 1998 0717614786
Control and mitigation measures. Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations L136 2003 0717622010
Control of ground movement in mines. The Mines (Control of Ground Movement) Regulations 1999 L119 1999 0717624986
Control of lead at work : Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002. L132 2002 0717625656
Control of substances hazardous to health (5th edition) : the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as Amended) L5 2005 0717629813
Control of substances hazardous to health in the production of pottery. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1994. The Control of Lead at Work Regulations 1998. The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. L60 1998 0717608492
Controlling noise at work: the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. Guidance on Regulations L108 2005 0717661644
Dangerous substances and explosive atmospheres. Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 L138 2003 0717622037
Dangerous substances in harbour areas : the Dangerous Substances in Harbour Areas Regulations 1987. COP18 1987 0717616444
Design of plant, equipment and workplaces. Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002. L134 2003 0717621995
Escape and rescue from mines. Escape and Rescue from Mines Regulations 1995. L71 1995 0717609391
Explosives at coal and other safety-lamp mines. Coal and Other Safety-Lamp Mines (Explosives) Regulations 1993 L45 1993 0717606198
First aid at mines. Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981. L43 1993 0717606171
First aid at work: the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 L74 1997 0717610500
Guide to Placing on the Market and Supervision of Transfers of Explosives Regulations 1993 (POMSTER) L66 1995 0717608778
Guide to the Borehole Sites and Operations Regulations 1995 L72 1995 0717610071
Guide to the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999 (as amended) L111 2006 071766175X
Guide to the Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2000 L29 2000 0717617580
Guide to the Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996 L95 1996 0717612341
Guide to the Loading and Unloading of Fishing Vessels Regulations 1988. HSR28 1988 0118854577
Guide to the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (Management and Administration) Regulations 1995 L70 2002 0717625729
Guide to the Offshore Installations (Safety Case) Regulations 2005 L30 2006 0717661849
Guide to the Offshore Installations (Safety Representatives and Safety Committees) Regulations 1989. L110 1998 0717615499
Guide to the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2001 L126 2002 0717622401
Guide to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 L73 1995 0717624315
Guide to the well aspects of the Offshore Installations and Wells (Design and Construction etc) Regulations 1996 L84 1996 0717611949
Guide to the Work in Compressed Air Regulations 1996 L96 1996 0717611205
Health and safety at quarries. Quarries Regulations 1999 L118 2001 0717624587
Health care and first aid on offshore installations and pipeline works. Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989 L123 2000 071761851X
Management and administration of safety and health at mines. Management and Administration of Safety and Health at Mines Regulations 1993. L44 1993 071760618X
Managing health and safety in construction Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. Guidance on Regulations L153   2015 9780717666263
Manufacture and storage of explosives Approved Code of Practice L139 2005 0717628167
Media diving projects. Diving at Work Regulations 1997 L106 1998 0717614972
Personal protective equipment at work L25 2005 0717661393
Prevention of fire and explosion, and emergency response on offshore installations : Offshore Installations (Prevention of Fire and Explosion, and Emergency Response) Regulations 1995 L65 1997 0717613860
Prevention of inrushes in mines L46 1993 0717606201
Recreational diving projects. Diving at Work Regulations 1997. L105 2003 0717614964
Rider-operated lift trucks : operator training L117 1999 0717624552
Safe maintenance, repair and cleaning procedures. Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations L137 2003 0717622029
Safe use of lifting equipment. Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 L113 2002 0717616282
Safe use of power presses. Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 as applied to power presses. L112 2002 0717616274
Safe use of woodworking machinery. Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 as applied to woodworking machinery. L114 2003 0717616304
Safe use of work equipment. Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. L22 2001 0717616266
Safe work in confined spaces. Confined Spaces Regulations 1997. Approved code of practice, regulations and guidance L101 1997 0717614050
Safety in docks. Approved code of practice, regulations and guidance COP25 1988 0717614085
Safety in the installation and use of gas systems and appliances. Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 L56 2002 0717616355
Safety of exit from mines underground workings. Mines (Safety of Exit) Regulations 1988. COP28 1989 011883911X
Safety of pressure systems. Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 L122 2000 071761767X
Safety representatives and safety committees. L87 1996 0717612201
Safety signs and signals: the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations. Guidance on Regulations. L64 1996 0717608700
Scientific and archaeological diving projects. Diving at Work Regulations 1997. L107 1998 0717614980
Shafts and winding in mines. Approved Code of Practice on the Mines (Shafts and Winding) Regulations 1993 Under Section 16 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 L42 1993 0118821644
Standards of training in safe gas installation COP20 1987 0717606031
Storage of dangerous substances. Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002. L135 2003 0717622002
Unloading petrol from road tankers. Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 L133 2003 0717621979
Use of electricity in mines. Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. L128 2001 0717620743
Whole body vibration. The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005. Guidance on Regulations L141 2005 0717661261
Managing and working with asbestos L143 2013 0717666188
Work with display screen equipment: Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 as amended by the Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002 L26 2003 0717625826
Work with ionising radiation. Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999 L121 1999 0717617467
Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 (as Amended by the Quarries Miscellaneous Health and Safety Provisions Regulations 1995). L24 2001 0717604136
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