Safety Management Systems Originated Long Ago
The earliest piece of SMS legislation in recorded history is probably the Hammurabi code, a Babylonian law code of ancient Mesopotamia which dates back to 1754 BC.
It was Babylonian king Hammurabi who enacted the code, which consists of 282 laws with scaled punishments in accordance with the ‘an eye for an eye’ adage. The latter is probably the most famous part of the Hammurabi code which is still renowned today.
The Hammurabi code regulated several contractual matters, but the reason why we can classify it as the earliest piece of SMS legislation in recorded history is because of some provisions setting the terms of transactions: