NIOSH 1982 Feb:29-36
The British Health and Safety at Work Etc Act of 1974 was reviewed. This act established the Health and Safety Commission and provided for the securing of the health, safety, and welfare of persons at work; protection of non workers from risks arising from activities of workers; control of use and storage of explosives, flammable, or otherwise dangerous substances; and control of emission to the atmosphere of noxious or offensive substances from work sources. Fiscal constraints upon the operation of the Health and Safety Executive were described. Choice of research projects funded by the Executive were made by comparing competing topics in the same field. The author notes that support for any project from sources outside the Executive greatly enhances the chance for funding. The functions of the Machine Safety Section were outlined. Certain research was conducted by students from local Polytechnics whose studies included 1 year in industry during their 4 or 5 year program. Use of such students greatly extended the research capacity of the Executive. Collaborative efforts with interested companies from the private sector also helped extend research efforts. The consultation and training functions of the section were closely linked to research functions.
Worker-health; Industrial-safety; Machine-operators; Industrial-education; Factory-workers; Machine-guarding; Industrial-safety-programs; Industrial-environment;
Proceedings of the Symposium on Occupational Safety Research and Education, January, 1981, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 82-103