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Celebrating 60 years of the British Safety Council


60th anniversary of the British Safety Council
Special 60th anniversary offers, including free interactive learning
New digital resource on our history, films and a new book
Press conference at the Celebration launch
I feel pretty lucky that our 60th anniversary celebrations are happening under my watch, indebted as I am to a long list of people who came before me, not least James Tye. We have an exciting programme lined up about our past, present and future. Let us celebrate 60 years because of the difference we have made and the difference we will continue to make in the future.
Mike Robinson
CEO, British Safety Council

British Safety Council celebrates 60 years of saving lives

The British Safety Council was created in 1957 and we have an exciting programme of celebrations for 2017. 

When the British Safety Council was created in 1957, thousands of people were being killed by work every year, while many more suffered serious injuries and disease. The organisation worked tirelessly to prevent this and kick-started wide-ranging campaigns that saved lives, such as the need for seat belt laws and comprehensive protection for all workers, building the organisation into a powerful membership body advocating serious change.

Over the years, this activity created a treasure trove of campaign posters, member engagement, magazines, press cuttings, photographs and films, reflecting the changing health and safety landscape and wider societal changes.

These historic materials have been rescued from oblivion and a new digital archive has been created.

Visit the archive

To celebrate 60 years we are:

  • Offering all small and micro businesses (up to 50 employees) and small charities (up to 100 employees) in 2017 a chance to become a Supporter of the British Safety Council and benefit from free 24/7 telephone helpline and e-learning training. Find out more here.
  • Publishing a commemorative picture book by eminent social historian Mike Esbester, charting the development of the British Safety Council in pictures that highlights changes to the economic, political and social life of the country that it sought to influence over the 60 year.
  • Releasing new films that take the viewer on an evocative journey from the origins of the organisation to our modern, 21st Century health, safety and wellbeing challenges
  • Hosting a film and fundraising launch event on 23 March 2017 at Regent Street cinema, compered by eminent film critic Mark Kermode, opening with a press conference and featuring short films from our 2017 competition.
  • Hosting a special 60th Anniversary and International Safety Awards Gala Dinner on 5 May 2017, compered by Gabby Logan 
  • Opening our London training offices in 2017 to offer local businesses and charities free interactive learning and will ask its members to do the same at their premises  
It's going to be a busy and exciting year. Please get involved and let us know what you think.