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Please note in particular that many of the Approved Codes of Practice were issued prior to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and a number of the standards they refer to are now out of date.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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Emergency Preparedness in Mining and Tunnelling Operations - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

This approved code of practice sets out WorkSafe’s expectations for managing emergencies in mining and tunnelling operations.

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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 the legislation and 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.

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

This approved code of practice 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.

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

Details precautions to be taken with the range of solvents and chemical additives used in the manufacture of paints, printing inks and resins. Also included is information on general work methods and the health monitoring of employees.

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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.

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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)

The Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for Power-Operated Elevating Work Platforms has been revoked.

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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.

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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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Safety and Health in Forest Operations: Roles and Responsibilities for principals and contractors – Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

This amendment to the ACOP for Safety and Health in Forest Operations (ACOP) was developed for principals and contractors involved in forest operations, and gives advice on how they can fulfil their duties under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (the Act).

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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

This ACOP 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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PLEASE NOTE

On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.