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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.

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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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