THE HEALTH AND The Health and Safety at Work Act (HASAWA) came into force in
SAFETY AT WORK ACT 1974. It was introduced as a result of a report by the Robens Com-
mittee on Health and Safety, one of the findings of which was that a
considerable number of accidents were the result of apathy on the
part of workers and management alike.
Up to this time there had been a number of Factories Acts, the
first being in 1833 which limited the working hours of children. All
these Acts were aimed at premises, e.g. offices, workshops and rail-
way premises. They aimed at making these safer places to work in.
The Health and Safety at Work Act, however, is directed at people
and activities. The underlying objective is to involve everybody at
the workplace, whether this be in a factory or on a farm, at a bench
or driving a lorry, and to create an awareness of