chapter  2
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Health and safety management systems – policy �����������������������������������������������

The notion of a system by which health and safety in the working environment could be managed – much as the commercial operations of an organisation might similarly and simultaneously be carefully managed – for the benefit of the organisation and its employees was first introduced in the UK by law under the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1993. Even then, nearly 20 years had elapsed since the first endeavour in UK law to bring some legal requirements to bear on health and safety at work – specifically as the Health

and Safety at Work (etc.) Act 1974 – albeit at that time in the form of reactive measures aimed principally at compensating the victims of accidents at work and punishing anyone found to be at fault in triggering such accidents.