Health & Safety: The Early Years
As we all know, health and safety is a very important aspect of modern life. It drives the way that we think and the way that we operate on a daily basis, on a personal and professional level, taking on an increasing level of importance as every year goes by.
The more we work with certain industries and products, the more we learn about both their dangers and their positives. Today, we want to take a brief look at what has become of health & safety - and how it started.
- The first real beginnings of health and safety were when factory inspectorates were installed in 1833. This was the first real movement towards making people safer in the workplace, and was also to help reduce the number of injuries that were being suffered at the time.
- A decade on, mines inspectorate was formed to help provide a better, safer platform for the mining industry. Due to the poor working conditions within mines, this was seen as a major result for the communities and the start towards more universal health and safety.
- The quarry inspectorate formed in 1895, carrying out much of the same jobs as were listed above with miners.
- In 1956, the same regulations were introduced via the Safety, Health and Welfare Provisions Act 1956. This made a massive difference to the way that farms and agriculture operated to help reduce the number of accidents and the spread of disease.
- 1959 was the start of the Nuclear Installations Act, which made sure there was specific limitations and standards to be followed when nuclear bombs were being introduced.
- The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 was then introduced, and acted as a key part of the future for those who were within work and needed to have some kind of protection against the dangers of working within anything from retail to factory work. It was quickly followed by the Health & Safety Commission.
- Since then, various new acts have followed such as the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977, Control of Lead at Work Regulations 1980 and the Notification of Accidents & Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1980.
As we all know, however, health and safety has changed drastically since 1980. Today we see far more regulation and emphasis about the importance of safety and health within the workplace. This makes life in general far safer for workers and the public.