Who Are RoSPA? – RoSPA Explained

RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) are a registered charity devised to prevent workplace accidents that can cause life-altering accidents. Its mission brings people together to discover life-enhancing skills which reduce accidental injuries, allowing everybody to enjoy life to the maximum. RoSPA collaborates with experts from a range of industries as well as people who have been affected by accidents.

The charity also oversees the approval of various vital high-quality online health and safety training courses, most of which are available through SSD. This ensures the training you take has been approved by the best experts in the country, dedicated to helping people and organisations.

Origins of RoSPA

RoSPA formed in 1916 due to the increase in road accidents during World War I. More accidents occurred on roads due to the restricted street lighting that was put in place during the night. The “Safety First” council was started on 1st December 1916 to tackle accidents and prevent more from happening.

An early campaign that garnered success introduced the rule that pedestrians face oncoming traffic as they cross a road. The campaign decreased the number of people stepping into the path of oncoming traffic by 70%.

By 1918, RoSPA had helped introduce the British Industrial Safety First Association (BISFA) to improve workplace safety across the country. RoSPA appointed HRH The Duke of York as president in 1920 and a patron after that.

RoSPA’s Influence on Society

The relentless campaigning of people within RoSPA has helped in the introduction of laws that we consider the norm nowadays.

Green Cross Code

The memorable adverts of British actor David Prowse as a costumed hero who taught children road safety and how to cross the road.

Compulsory Wearing of Seatbelts

In 1983, after a long battle through parliament, RoSPA’s push for the wearing of seatbelts to be made law came true.

Drink Drive Legislation

RoSPA proved that a drink-drive limit was needed to avoid serious accidents. A limit of 80 milligrams was set.

Institution of Industrial Safety Officers

This professional body was set up for health and safety in the workplace.

Driver Profiler

This RoSPA online risk assessment tool allows businesses to measure the driving ability of employers without having to leave the workplace.

RoSPA and Health and Safety

For the leading thinking behind health and safety in the workplace, you will find this at RoSPA. Through the promotion of key issues, RoSPA looked to secure lasting change. These key issues are:

  • Helping small businesses
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Leadership from directors
  • Leadership of teams
  • Involving workers
  • Occupational road risk management
  • Learning from failures in safety
  • Going public on performance
  • Safety 24/7

If you’d like to learn more about our RoSPA online awareness course, or any of our other asbestos training courses, feel free to get in touch with us.