Health and safety: 50 years on from the Robens Report how much have we learnt?

Health and safety has never been more important

IT’S 50 years since the Robens Report was first published by Lord Alfred Robens paving the way for the health and safety regulations we know today.

At the time, accidents and deaths at work were far too high and several high-profile accidents, including the Aberfan disaster in 1966, which involved the collapse of colliery spoil tip killing 116 children and 28 adults, had hastened the need for change.

New legislation soon followed, including the publication of the Health and Safety at Work Act in 1974 and the launch of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) a year later.

Since then, Britain has become one of the safest places to work in the world and thankfully, the number of accidents and deaths at work has continued to decline steadily.

But there is certainly no room for complacency as the latest set of statistics published by the HSE show.

It’s clear that taking steps to protect health and safety now has never been more important and the team of experts at Acorn Safety Services is always here to help.

Who is most at risk?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, construction workers are most at risk of serious injury, or even death.

In 2021/22, 30 construction workers died at work, 22 were involved in agriculture, forestry and fishing and 22 worked in manufacturing.

The three most common causes of workplace deaths are falling from a height, being hit by a vehicle or a moving object.

In addition, 2,544 people died from asbestos-related mesothelioma in 2020, most likely after being exposed to asbestos fibres during the 1980s.

What can I do to protect myself and those around me?

At Acorn Safety Services, we offer a one-stop shop to help you take care of all your health and safety needs to make sure you don’t become just another health and safety statistic.

We have experts to help with all areas of health and safety to ensure you, and those closest to you are safe and that you remain fully compliant with the latest rules and regulations.

With experts covering the UK, and offices in Birmingham, London and Northampton, Acorn Safety Services is your go-to health and safety and Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM) partner – offering legionella testing, fire risk assessments and help with all your evacuation plans.

If you are worried about asbestos, we can carry out a full asbestos survey at your premises and help you to manage it safely and efficiently.

If you’re carrying out work on your building, and you know that asbestos is present, we can arrange air testing which monitors the levels of asbestos particles in the air and provides an additional layer of protection for those who are working on your site.

And for additional peace of mind, we offer a free online portal where our clients can store their documents safely and securely, so they are right there, at your fingertips whenever you need them.

Where do I go for more information?

Our website offers a wealth of information to help you get started.

Our book, Fear and Loathing of Health and Safety offers helpful hints about how to navigate health and safety and avoid costly fines.

You will also find a catalogue of useful education articles to help you learn more about the health and safety issues and all the work we do.

To find out how we can help with your individual needs, give us a call today. We are friendly, fully-independent and always ready to give you the very best advice we can.

For all your health and safety needs visit today or contact us at or on 01604 930380.

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