31 July 2014

40 years of HSWA

40 years of HSWA

Today marks the 40th birthday of the Health & Safety at Work Act, which in 1974 completely changed the regulatory framework for the UK's workplace health and safety. To celebrate, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is inviting comments and reflections on the Act's impact.

The main legacy of the Act was in placing the responsibility for managing risks with the person responsible for creating the risk - along with ensuring employees must lso take care of themselves and their colleagues.

In a statement which outlined the Act's importance while looking to the future, the HSE said: "We have made considerable progress in rebuilding the reputation of health and safety among the British workers and public whose lives it protects.

"We have actively campaigned against those ‘jobsworths’ who misuse the Act, or those who trivialise its purpose by using health and safety as a convenient excuse for unpopular decisions or to defend poor service.

"One of the reasons our regulatory system remains fit for purpose for the 21st Century is that we continue to evolve, preserving the good, whilst being bold enough to move on."

Between 4pm and 7pm today reflection on the act will be invited on the HSE's Twitter account.

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