The Robens Report, which established the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA), is 50 this year. The British Safety Council examines Robens’s 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.

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