British Safety Council
The British Safety Council is a global health, safety and environmental charity. We work with businesses to improve their health, safety and environmental management. We campaign and influence, and are champions of young worker safety. Our vision is that no one should be killed, injured or made ill by work activities.
History of the British Safety Council
For more than 50 years the British Safety Council has been a champion of workplace health and safety.
Founded in 1957, the British Safety Council has progressed to become one of the largest independent occupational health, safety and environmental organisations in the world.
As a registered charity, we have a proud tradition of campaigning on health, safety and environmental issues. The Robens Committee, from which the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 flowed, was a result of tireless effort and perseverance by our founder James Tye. We also campaigned to make seat belts mandatory in the UK.
More recently, successive chief executives have overseen bold strategic plans which have underpinned our success. A key development was the establishment of a government-regulated awarding body in 2003 which allows us to offer health, safety and environmental qualifications to the highest standards.
Funded by our commercial surpluses, our public benefit work has gathered pace and we are now paying for 14-19 year olds in full time education to gain an accredited qualification in health and safety before they embark on work experience or their first job. To date, some 112,000 school pupils have benefited from this initiative.
When James Tye founded the British Safety Council, his vision was to wipe out the vast majority of accidents in UK workplaces. Our current chair, Lynda Armstrong and chief executive, Alex Botha, share this vision and, with member organisations in more than 50 countries, our influence is now worldwide.