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International Labour Office World Day for Safety and Health at Work


History of Occupational Safety and Health

Have you ever wondered how the UK became one of the safest places in the world to go to work?

If so, this website, which is put together by various members of RoSPA’s National Occupational Safety and Health Committee (NOSHC), is the place for you.

An invaluable resource for students, lecturers, trainers, health and safety professionals and others with a general interest in industrial history, the site sets out developments from the 1802 Factory Act all the way through to the most recent regulatory changes made by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

It provides a wealth of information for those wishing to track the development of occupational safety and health, be they teaching or studying for professional or academic qualifications or carrying out other research, showing how this area has been at the heart of the UK’s industrial history.

Numerous pieces of legislation have been introduced over more than 200 years, covering a wide array of different industries, but their shared aim has been to ensure that workers can go home to their families safe and healthy at the end of each day.

It is important to value the history of occupational safety and health, not just to honour its pioneers but to develop a sense of perspective about what needs to be done to continue to tackle preventable harms associated with work, not just in Britain but around the world.

In 2011, the NOSHC decided to take forward the History of Occupational Safety and Health project in order to create a suitable “map” of occupational safety and health information sources and materials from an historical point of view, with as many links to original texts as possible.

This website, launched to mark the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April 2014, is the result of that project.

RoSPA’s NOSHC is grateful for the invaluable support provided by:

This website will be updated continually. Anyone with contributions to make should contact Sheila Pantry by emailing


US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Workers Memorial Day: 2014 Statement

by John Howard, M.D., Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)


Mining Museums

Big Pit – National Mining Museum, Wales

The Durham Miners’ Museum

The National Coal Mining Museum
Wakefield, Yorkshire

The Scottish Mining Museum – Scotland’s Black Diamonds
Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, Midlothian, EH22 4QN