Factory Act

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The Factories Act 1961 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. At the time of its passage, the Act consolidated much legislation on workplace health, safety and welfare in Great Britain. Though as of 2008 some of it remains in force, it has largely been superseded by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and regulations made under it. However, the Act continues to have a legal importance as cases of chronic workplace exposure to hazards such as industrial noise, as in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire deafness litigation,[3] or carcinogens[4] often extend back in time beyond the current legislation. Breach of the residual provisions is still a crime punishable on summary conviction in the Magistrates' Court by a fine of…show more content…
As of 2008, the following sections remain fully in force: 24. Secure fencing and handrails for teagle openings and doorways; 39. Water-sealed gasholders. The following sections were repealed and superseded, as far as they applied to "workplaces", by the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992[11] with effect from 1 January 1993 for new workplaces and 1 January 1996 for established workplaces.[12] There is still a potential residual scope of application to "factories" that are not "workplaces". 18. Dangerous substances; 28. Construction and maintenance of floors; and 29. Safe means of access. The following sections were repealed and superseded by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1992 between 1 January 1993 and 1 January 1997:[17] 12. Prime movers; 13. Transmission machinery; 14. Other machinery; 15. Provisions as to unfenced machinery; 16. Construction and maintenance of fencing; 17. Construction and sale of machinery; and 19. Self-acting machines. The following sections were repealed and superseded by the Health and Safety (Young Persons) Regulations 1997 on 3 March 1997:[18] 20. Cleaning of machinery by young persons; and 21. Training and supervision of young persons working at dangerous machines. The following sections were repealed and superseded by the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 on 5 December 1998:[18] 22.
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