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Please note in particular that many of the Approved Codes of Practice were issued prior to the HSE amendment and a number of the standards they refer to are now out of date. Any amendments to or revocation of an approved code of practice must be approved by the Minister.

Arboriculture - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for safety and health in arboriculture.

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Boilers - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for the design, safe operation, maintenance and servicing of boilers.

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Cranes - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for cranes. Includes the design, manufacture, supply, safe operation, maintenance and inspection of cranes.

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Excavation and shafts for foundations - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for excavation and shafts for foundations.

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Fire and explosion in New Zealand dairy industry spray drying plant - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for the prevention, detection and control of fire and explosion in New Zealand dairy industry spray drying plant.

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Fire or explosion in underground mines and tunnels - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

A new regulatory framework for mining in New Zealand came into force in December 2013. This Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) provides information to assist a site senior executive in developing the Fire or Explosion Principal Hazard Management Plan required by the new Health and Safety in Employment (Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations) Regulations 2013. The relevant Regulations are reproduced in this document, accompanied by ACOP requirements and practical guidance to assist the mine/tunnel operator in meeting their obligations under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (HSE Act) and its associated Regulations.

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Forest operations - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for safety and health in forest operations.

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Forklifts - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for training operators and instructors of powered industrial lift trucks (forklifts).

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Hazardous substances - Management of substances hazardous to health in the place of work - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) or the management of substances hazardous to health in the place of work.

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Isocyanates - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for the safe use of Isocyanates

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Managing hazards to prevent major industrial accidents - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for managing hazards to prevent major industrial accidents.

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Noise in the workplace - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

The principal objective of this code of practice is to reduce the incidence and severity of hearing loss resulting from excessive noise exposure in workplaces. The most effective and reliable way to prevent and control this significant hazard is to eliminate, or at least quieten the sources of noise to which employees are exposed. While this code aims to provide general guidance in accordance with AS/NZS 1269, it is not possible to deal with every situation that may be found in the workplace. In using this code, discretion and judgement will be needed. In many cases, the consultation process will be able to deal satisfactorily with the issues relating to the application of this code and the standards. In other cases, it may be necessary to seek expert assistance.

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Operator protective structures on self-propelled mobile mechanical plant - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

This approved code of practice has been prepared jointly with the New Zealand Contractors’ Federation, in consultation with the construction and forestry industries. It provides best practice measures for employers to consider when managing mechanical plant roll over hazards in a way that meets the requirements of the Health and Safety in Employment Act and Regulations. All the code’s requirements are based on Standards produced by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) or joint Australian/ New Zealand Standards. All referenced Standards are listed in Appendix A.

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Paint, printing inks and resins - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

The industrial processes by which paint, printing inks and resins are manufactured present a number of specific problems that must be recognised and dealt with to promote health and safety in the workplace. Many of the health and safety hazards present in the manufacture of paints are also present in the manufacture of printing inks and resins. It is therefore thought appropriate to deal with the three industries in the one document. The main aim of this code is to identify the hazards associated with the various manufacturing processes present in these industries and the precautions that should be adopted to minimise the accompanying risk to employees’ safety and health.

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Passenger ropeways in New Zealand - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for passenger ropeways in New Zealand. 1998 Edition, Incorporating Amendment 1. This Approved Code of Practice has been developed in collaboration with the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council and the ski industry, ski areas and ski clubs of New Zealand, for the guidance and assistance of all involved with the establishment, maintenance and overall safety of uphill facilities. It does not cover equipment such as funicular railways, cog railways and cablecars running on rails, nor does it cover such equipment as "flying foxes". Surface ropeways in Parts 5, 6 and 7 of this Code of Practice are not required to be issued with a certificate of inspection, as provided for in Clause 2.6.2.

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Photoengraving and lithographic processes - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for safety in photoengraving and lithographic processes. Gives occupational safety and health standards for the industry and describes acceptable means of achieving them.

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Powder-actuated hand-held fastening tools - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

This code of practice has been published to assist in realising the aim of better provision for safety by providing recommendations and procedures for the safe use and maintenance of powder-actuated fastening tools. It is recommended for all employees who have to use a powder-actuated tool in the course of their work.

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Power-operated elevating work platforms - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for power-operated elevating work platforms. Outlines safe work practices for any portable work platform where height is adjustable by powered means or any other articulated, scissor mechanism or telescopic boom.

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Pre-cast concrete - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

The purpose of this approved code of practice is to provide practical guidance and set minimum standards for the safe handling, transportation and erection of precast concrete elements.

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Pressure equipment (excluding boilers) - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

This approved code of practice applies to all pressure equipment covered by the PECPR Regulations except boilers and hot water boilers. Where reference is made to boilers it has been done to ensure consistency with those parts of the regulations covering pressure equipment. It specifies requirements for materials, design, manufacture, installation, repairs, alteration, maintenance, servicing, inspection, commissioning, testing and operation. Information on personnel safety has been included in appendix N.

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Rigging - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for load-lifting

This Approved Code of Practice provides recommendations and procedures for safe practice while carrying out lifting and rigging work in industry. In an industry with inherent dangers involving lifting, this Code will assist to increase the focus on safety. This Code applies to all places of work at which persons such as an employer, employee, self-employed person, contractor or subcontractor has to use lifting and rigging practices in the course of their duties.

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River and stream operations - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for health and safety in tree work (Part 3)

This code applies to those involved in tree work in rivers and streams carried out by local authorities under the Soil Conservation and Rivers Control Act 1941 and the Land Drainage Act 1908.

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Roll over protective structures on tractors in agricultural operations - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for roll over protective structures on tractors in agricultural operations.

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Sulphur fires and explosions - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for the prevention of sulphur fires and explosions

The purpose of the this code of practice is to establish reasonable safety and health protection requirements to eliminate or reduce the hazards of explosion and fire inherent in the processing and handling of sulphur, and mixtures containing sulphur, thereby protecting the safety of employees involved. The code is primarily concerned with the hazards arising from the processing of solid sulphur, but also considers the major risks associated with handling sulphur in liquid form.

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Tree work - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) Part 2 Maintenance of trees around power lines

Maintenance of trees around power lines - The Approved Code of Practice for Safety and Health in Tree Work Part 2. This code describes recognised and preferred work practices for work on trees near power lines and sets out the minimum standards of safety and safe work methods.

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Ventilation in underground mines and tunnels - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

A new regulatory framework for mining in New Zealand came into force in December 2013. This Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) provides information to assist a site senior executive in developing the Ventilation Principal Control Plan required by the new Health and Safety in Employment (Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations) Regulations 2013. The relevant Regulations are reproduced in this document, accompanied by ACOP requirements and practical guidance to assist the mine/tunnel operator in meeting their obligations under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (HSE Act) and its associated Regulations.

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