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40 Years of the Health and Safety Act


Anyone involved within the world of employment will no doubt have been at least notified of the importance of health and safety within the workplace. As things go it's about as paramount as they come; keeping people safe and ensuring they have the comfort and security of the world around them is absolutely vital, after all. However, getting there takes far more pressure and understanding than many would have realised; the fight for the health & safety rights and regulations which we have today are absolutely vital to maintaining professional, secure and modern workplaces.

Whilst those of certain opinions may look upon health and safety as something that merely gets in the way or has been totally overblown, the Health and Safety Act is one of the most important changes to British legislation in many, many years. Worker safety is paramount to the performance of firms and the country in general, and therefore it's vital that staff are kept safe and well looked after within their jobs. The Health and Safety Act 1974 played a key role in changing all of this, even if more regulation has been required over the following years.

For many people, this is a fair price to pay for the current working standards that we hold today. What used to be a rather blasé attitude towards safety - concentrating more on the work getting finished regardless of conditions - has been completely altered by the virtues and protests of the many. Lapses in security and safety eventually became a big problem for businesses, and run-down factories and old industrial estates were forced to renovate or close down until they did. Forty years of this Act has produced a far more comprehensive, safe society to live in and impacts in all aspects of our working lives.

From the homes that we live in to the people that we spend time with, health and safety keeps ourselves and the structures we build in fine working condition. Towards the end of the 1960s, it was estimated that workplace injuries had risen by more than 63,000; From 450,000 to 513,000. These numbers served as a wake-up call to a negligent state. The reforms and changes made since have since laid the foundations for the world that we live in today. Some might see it as "health and Safety gone mad" but is that better than ever-increasing deaths and ever-dwindling safety?

Forty years of the Health and Safety Act has reformed the UK and made it a far more palatable place to not only work, but to live. Rights, safety, performance and overall working conditions have improved an incredible amount ever since the 1974 Act was passed. Long may it continue!




Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors of organisations in virtually all industry sectors, in order to give them all they need to know to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace.

Recently updated, the new high impact programme covers key health and safety issues, and includes references to international case studies.

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CITB Site Management SMSTS Course

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is one of the most popular health and safety training courses, and is intended for construction site managers, project managers and senior supervisors, as well as proprietors of smaller companies.

Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS course.

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CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course

This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues.

The course also allows delegates to identify their individual responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, what the employer's duties are and what should be done if they think anyone's health and safety is being put at risk.

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