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History of H&S
HASAW History of H&S Regulations




Please note that this page is under construction.


Important dates in the history of health and safety:

1833 – Introduction of Factories Acts
1961 – Factories Act 1961
1963 – Offices, Shops & Railway Premises Act 1963
1970 – Robens Committee formed
1972 – Robens Committee Report
1974 – The Health and Safety at Work etc Act
1992 – Introduction of ‘Six-Pack’

The Robens Committee were appointed in May 1970 by Barbara Castle, Secretary of State for Employment, to review the provision of health and safety in the UK. The committee reported in June 1972, from which report the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 was born.

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 was designed to protect the health, safety and welfare of people at work. It is an 'enabling' Act from which regulations are made, and covers many more workers than did previous legislation. It is general in nature and concentrates on people as opposed to 'things'.

The 'Six Pack' was the UK's response to 'The Framework Directive' and comprised, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992; The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992; The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1992; The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992; The Display Screen Equipment regulations 1992; The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992;


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