This month – July 2022 – Celebrates the 50th anniversary of the UK Robens Report
Sheila Pantry OBE
July 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of The Robens Report, The Safety and health at work: report of the committee 1970-1972 (Robens et al, 1972) that outlined a series of recommendations aimed at overhauling the nation’s fragmented and overly prescriptive OSH regime.
It established the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA).
The British Safety Council examines Robens’ achievements and considers if the Act needs refreshing in the face of huge social changes.
“Robens has lit a fuse. His report will radically alter the whole structure of industrial safety,” said Safety Management (then Safety & Rescue) in 1972.
And no wonder. His thesis was explosive, blowing apart the current, broken system of health and safety and proposing wholesale, fundamental changes to employers’ duties, risk management and the inspectorate. His 80,000-word treatise remains the foundation on which the current system of occupational health and safety regulation in Britain today is built, embodied in the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) 1974.
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This time of the year is a good time for all organisations worldwide to review their health and safety goals for the rest of 2022 and decide on the training or re-training that is needed for all levels of staff whether they are working from home or actually in the workplace and update their information resources.
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