Legislation History

Engineering legislation owes its origins to Acts of Parliament.

1974 saw the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act and with it the concept of broad responsibilty for Health, Safety and Welfare of all employees and the provision of safe Plant and Machinery.

It remains the primary piece of health and safety legislation today.

1980's legislation brought the concept of "risk assessment" and "goal-setting". The main aspect of a "goal-setting" approach is that legislation takes the form of setting objectives, leaving the way they are met to the plant owner.

The legislation referred to as the "Six Pack", COSHH, Pressure Systems Safety Regulations and Electricity at Work Regulations are examples of this approach being introduced in the UK. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 also assisted in furthering this concept.

Prior to 1974, legislation was prescriptive, i.e. it set down what had to be inspected and how often. Modern legislation puts the emphasis on a safe place of work and gives guidance on how this can be achieved, leaving the plant owner to assess his own risk and implement a "safety programme".

A company with the inspection expertise of HSB Engineering Insurance Limited is able to work with clients to help them meet their statutory obligations and protect people, property and their bottom line.

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