This is the laws in 1800 for protecting the sweatshop’s worker.

  • Hours of work were limited to 12 per day, with no night work allowed.
  • Employers were to provide education, decent clothing and accommodation.
  • Inspectors were to enforce the Act and appoint visitors.
  • For all textile factories employing over 20 persons, proper ventilation was to be provided and mills were to be whitewashed twice a year.
  • No children under 9 were to work in factories (silk mills exempted).
  • Children under 13 years were to work no more than 9 hours per day and 48 hours per week.
  • Children under 18 were not to work nights.
  • 4 paid Inspectors were appointed.
  • Two 8-hour shifts per day of children were to be allowed.
  • Women and young persons (13-18) were to work no more than 12 hours per day.
  • Children under 13 were to work no more than 6 1/2 hours per day.
  • No child under 8 was to be employed.
  • Women and young persons were to work no more than 10 hours per day.
  • Women and young persons to work in factories only between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. or 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Children were only to work during the same hours as women and young persons.
  • This extended existing provisions to bleach and dye works.
  • Extended the previous acts to cover more industry types.
  • Extended the Factory Acts to all industries.
  • No child anywhere under the age of 10 was to be employed.
  • 10-14 year olds could only be employed for half days.
  • Women were to work no more than 56 hours per week (Factory Legislation 1802-1878).