RoSPA in the Eighties

The RoSPA National Seatbelt Survivors Club was launched by Adam Faith.

The RoSPA National Seatbelt Survivors Club was launched by Adam Faith.

1980 The society organised the International Road Safety Conference in London and representatives of 32 countries attended. Two million Glow-Worm reflective discs were sold to encourage children to be conspicuous in the dark. The RoSPA National Seatbelt Survivors Club was launched by Adam Faith. George Robertson MP was its first chairman and Jackie Stewart accepted the presidency. The Wheelchair Proficiency Scheme was introduced to mark the International Year of Disabled People. RoSPA introduced the Safe Farm Worker Award scheme; and joined the National Examination Board for Occupational Safety and Health on its inception.

Home Safety Golden Jubilee year was marked by an international conference and the launch of a touring display.

Home Safety Golden Jubilee year was marked by an international conference and the launch of a touring display.

1981 RoSPA's president Lord Nugent of Guildford succeeded in introducing seatbelt legislation through an amendment to the Transport Bill. The Act also introduced the two-part motorcycle test and the RoSPA Motorcycle Training Scheme was launched. HRH Princess Margaret opened a new extension to the Birmingham Industrial Training Centre. The League of Safe Drivers was incorporated into the society and renamed RoSPA Advanced Drivers Association. RoSPA collaborated with the BBC to produce the "Play it Safe" series of home safety programmes. RoSPA expressed concern at the Home Office's decision to stop producing drowning statistics. RoSPA called for legislation on domestic glazing installations.

Home Safety Golden Jubilee year was marked by an international conference and the launch of a touring display.

Home Safety Golden Jubilee year was marked by an international conference and the launch of a touring display.

1982 First RoSPA International Safety & Health Exhibition held at NEC, Birmingham. The society launched a Motor Cycle Training Scheme. Home Safety Golden Jubilee year was marked by an international conference and the launch of a touring display. The Tufty Club celebrated its 21st birthday with a national road show. Occupational safely training courses were run in Abu Dhabi. RoSPA began developing computer programs for schools to encourage safety education. Parents were warned not to overestimate children's swimming ability and called for the endorsement of swimming certificates stating that conditions outside swimming pools could be very different.

1983 50th National Road Safety Congress. Seatbelt legislation was brought into effect after 21 years of campaigning by RoSPA. HRH The Duke of Gloucester opened the 50th National Road Safety Congress. The first year of seatbelt wearing led to a saving of 500 lives. RoSPA began to campaign for the compulsory fitting of rear seatbelts. RoSPA opposed the raising of speed limits on motorways. RoSPA launched the "Curriculum for Road Safety Education". RoSPA linked with Age Concern to promote safety in retirement throughout the year. RoSPA's first computer was installed.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester opened the 50th National Road Safety Congress.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester opened the 50th National Road Safety Congress.

1984 RoSPA provided a safety guidance booklet for owners of the Sinclair C5 electrically-assisted pedal cycle. RoSPA was instrumental in securing the establishment of a BSI committee to examine standards for cycle helmets. Comedian Ted Rogers invited Tufty to make his pantomime debut in Bournemouth to pass on road safety tips to his young audience. A national water safety conference attracted 120 delegates.

1985 RoSPA's Scottish office moved to Slateford House. The "Be Water Wise" code was launched. The campaign for the compulsory fitting of rear seatbelts was successful. A guide to minibus driving was produced for schools and volunteer drivers.

1986 The UK Road Safety Charter was launched to mark European Road Safety Year for which RoSPA provided the secretariat to the UK co-ordinating group. RoSPA successfully lobbied for the retention of seatbelt law when it came up for review after three years of operation. RoSPA had plenty to say to the Government about its Road Traffic Law Review. The Safety Officer of the Year contest was run for the first time. The "Be Water Wise" code was adopted by the British Waterways Board, London Dockland Development Corporation and Thames Water. Home safety staff served on 40 different BSI committees. Comments on the Consumer Protection Bill were generally supported by the Government. RoSPA joined the European Consumer Product Safety Association. The Manpower Services Commission funded home safety check schemes all over the country.

The giant kitchen home safety exhibit was unveiled.

The giant kitchen home safety exhibit was unveiled.

1987 After the King's Cross fire disaster, RoSPA's director general, Richard Warburton, was called as an expert witness to the Fennell Inquiry. RoSPA complained of the selfishness of drivers who used car phones on the move. The campaign for permanent British Summer Time was begun. It was estimated it would save 600 lives and serious injuries a year. RoSPA called for a safety education element to be included in the national curriculum. The campaign for safer foam in furniture began to be won. RoSPA also promoted smoke detectors and continued to campaign for changes to glass standards in the home.

Nottingham Panthers ice hockey team supporting 'Belt up in the Back' campaign.

Nottingham Panthers ice hockey team supporting the "Belt up in the Back" campaign.

1988 The outcome of the Traffic Law Review embraced almost everything called for by RoSPA. The UK Minibus Driver of the Year competition was held for the first time. Six child safety workshops for professionals were held around the country. RoSPA launched the "Play Wise" code for playgrounds and the Fairground Users Safety Code. The giant kitchen home safety exhibit was unveiled.

1989 The giant home safety trailer sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry and Domestos toured the country. The tour was managed by RoSPA. A new resource pack on the safety of older people was published to contribute to Age Concern's Jubilee in 1990. RoSPA supported legislation requiring children to wear rear seat restraints where fitted in cars. RoSPA attacked speeding as a prime killer on the roads, focusing particularly on car advertisements. The Advertising Standards Authority responded by upholding complaints against the worst offenders. Occupational safety training hit a new peak and new courses included the NEBOSH National Certificate and Diploma.

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