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March 13, 1937

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1937;108(11):895-901. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780110043016

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Feb. 13, 1937.

Regulations for the Health and Safety of Factory Workers  The present law regulating the conditions of work in factories is based mainly on the factory and workshops act of 1901, which has been amended from time to time but has never been subject to a general overhauling. Since 1901 there have been great advances in knowledge and practice with regard to health and safety in industry. The government is therefore about to introduce a new bill, which is not only consolidating but revising and is said to give greatly improved provisions. The requirements as to the cleanliness of factories are made more precise by including specific provisions with regard to accumulations of dirt and the cleaning of floors. The amount of space required per person is increased from 250 to 400 cubic feet, subject to a clause allowing the present arrangements to

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