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How health and safety has changed since the last coronation

a photo of The Mall, leading to Buckingham PalaceSince the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (which took place in 1953) there have been significant advancements in health and safety practices and regulations in various sectors, including:

Workplace safety: In the UK, the Health and Safety at Work Act was introduced in 1974, which sets out the legal framework for workplace health and safety. This act outlines the general duties of employers to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their employees, including risk assessment, providing training, equipment, and protective clothing.

Food safety: Since the 1950s, there have been significant advancements in food safety regulations and practices, including the establishment of the Food Standards Agency in 2000, which is responsible for protecting public health and ensuring food safety across the UK.

Healthcare: The NHS was established in 1948 so was already in place at the time of the Queen's coronation however, there have been significant advancements in healthcare practices and technologies since the 1950s, including the development of new treatments, medications, and medical devices, which have improved patient outcomes and safety.

Environmental safety: Since the 1950s, there has been increasing awareness of the impact of pollution and other environmental hazards on public health. This has led to the introduction of environmental regulations and policies to protect public health and safety.

Overall, health and safety practices have improved significantly since the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, with greater awareness and attention given to ensuring the health and safety of individuals in various settings.

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