391. Codes of practice.

For the purpose of providing practical guidance with respect to the requirements of certain provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 relating to employers' duties1, or of health and safety regulations2, or the existing statutory provisions3, the Health and Safety Executive4 with the Secretary of State's consent5 may: (1) approve and issue such codes of practice6, whether prepared by it or not, as in its opinion are suitable for that purpose7; and (2) approve such codes of practice issued or proposed to be issued otherwise than by the Executive