The nature of archival research can vary depending on the size, scope and location of the collection involved, and this week’s project trip to the British Safety Council archive in Mansfield was no exception. As you can see from the picture below, the conditions were somewhat unusual!
Rifling through uncatalogued material is always exciting, as there’s no telling what the collection might hold. And our project researchers did come away with some interesting finds. More to follow on this later!
[Many thanks to the British Safety Council for facilitating access to the collection]
Professor Robert Dingwall, the academic lead of the IOSH research programme ‘Health and Safety in a Changing World’, which this research project sits within, was interviewed by ITV discussing the 40th anniversary of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974: http://www.itv.com/news/central/2014-10-20/h-s-laws-40th-anniversary-nanny-state-or-workers-saviour/
Mike’s presentation at the symposium marking the 40th anniversary of the Health and Safety at Work Act is now available online.
The talk – ‘Buying in to health and safety? Perceptions of legitimacy of occupational health and safety & the 1974 Act’ – was given at the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, to an audience including policy-makers, practitioners, academics and former and current members of the HSE.
In the presentation, Mike discussed how various groups viewed occupational health and safety around the time of the Robens Report and the 1974 Act, including testimony from the archives and from workers.
A number of other presentations from the symposium are also available, including those given by Tim Carter (former Director of Health Policy at the HSE) and John Rimington (former Director General of the HSE).