Inspectors share experiences to celebrate Robens ‘revolution’
The union Prospect is today (19 July) celebrating the 40th anniversary of a ground-breaking report, which transformed the UK’s health and safety landscape.
Prospect HSE branch members have shared 40 stories of their experiences on the front line since 1972, when a report led by Alf Robens laid the foundations for the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974 and the creation of the HSE. The diverse experiences have been published on Prospect’s website and demonstrate the ongoing importance of a profession whose roots date back to the age of industrialisation in the 19th century.
Commenting on the publication, Prospect health and safety officer Sarah Page said: “40at40 is a fascinating collection of contemporary personal insights from people who rarely make their voices public, yet make an enormous difference to the health, safety and dignity of working people and their families.”
“We are privileged to share these stories and celebrate achievements that have brought about safer and healthier workplaces.”
Page added that the HSWA had helped saved many lives and enabled companies to carry out their business successfully through consensus on workplace standards.
“Working together, industry, workforce and regulatory representatives have adopted intelligent, practical solutions to workplace dangers,” said Page. “This is underpinned by a common desire to ensure people return home from work as safe and well as when they left.
” You can read or download 40AT40 at the Prospect website, at www.prospect.org.uk/40at40 The 40 stories will also be tweeted over the next 40 working days with the hashtag #40at40.
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