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About HSE

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It is 40 years since the Health and Safety at Work Act received Royal Assent, providing a new regulatory framework for work place health and safety in Great Britain. This has helped make Britain one of the safest places in the world to work, saving thousands of lives, preventing many more injuries at work and reducing the economic and social costs of health and safety failures.

HSE 40 and beyond

Commonwealth Games

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HSE's role in helping to secure a safe Commonwealth Games.

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Inside HSE


HSE hold regular meetings some of which are open to the public.

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Diagrammatic representation of HSEs history

Timeline of major events in history relating to health and safety and HSE, highlighting milestones such as the formation of the Mines Inspectorate in 1843 to the launch of a new redesigned website in 2009.

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