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Lessons from the UK.
Ann NY Acad Sci 1989 Dec; 572:212-215
Experience in the United Kingdom has indicated that for establishing, developing, and maintaining programs for the promotion of occupational health and safety, the following features are required: the appropriate political philosophy, will and power; effective legislation; adequate resources and organization to be provided for its implementation; the recruitment and support of persons of outstanding caliber with a variety of talents required for devising and operating the programs involved; the collection of adequate data and their systematic analysis for evaluating the effectiveness of control measures and to determine areas for priority action; and periodic review of the adequacy of provisions for health and safety at work in the light of technologic change and expectation. The political events resulting over the past three centuries in the United Kingdom were reviewed as they related to the development of these issues. The child labor act of 1833, the 1844 act concerning fencing of dangerous machinery and reporting dangerous accidents, the 1879 Factories Act, and the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974 were discussed.
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Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
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