Health and Safety

An inspector doesn't call

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Simon Hester looks at the government's attacks on health and safety laws

Forty years ago the Robens Report laid the foundations of modern health and safety legislation. 1972 was a highpoint of workers' struggle, and Robens, a former boss of the National Coal Board, sought to take health and safety out of the arena of industrial relations.

The subsequent Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974 put the onus on employers to minimise risk, gave workers basic rights to consultation and representation and established the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

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