The laws
The law on child labor
The law was introduced 7 January 1873 , after the doctor Emil Horneman had held a very moving speech on child labor at the first Nordic industry conference in Copenhagen in 1872.

The law was discussed extensively in both the parliamentary and county chamber and especially the country chamber member Schøler went much right with the law, which he thought was a strange way to show compassion for the otherwise powerful and strong children and young people. He believed that the law directly  limited their opportunities for work and that the law could make them sleepyheads and loafers .

After 5 months of debate, the law was adopted the 23th of May 1873 and this was stated , among others :
Childrens under 10 may not work at a factory and for childrens between 12 and 14 years , working time may be a maximum of 6 ½ hours a day. They must not work before 6 in the morning and after 8 in the evening. Childrens should henceforth not work at night . Childrens should not work in the national church Sundays and public holidays , nor may they work in the school time. Employers need to know the childrens age and keep separate records of the employed children.

See the law here (danish)

The match law ( Announcement of the law forbidding certain matches etc.)
The match law was primarily adopted , as a result of a number of cases of phosphornecrosis , which was caused by the use of white and yellow phopspor in the match production. Especially it was an anonymous letter, that had made the publics attention to the many dangerous cases of phosphonecrosis in the factory of A. Sørensen & Co at Frederiksberg. This led to a longer study of conditions in the danish factories and even though a lot of match producers ment, that they had coped with the poisening, the law was adopted the 14th of February 1874.

According to the legislative text § 1 it is prohibited after 1 January 1875 to fabricate matches containing white phosphorus, or other matches than those which are intended to be striked on a special dedicated surfaces. It shall be prohibited to import and after 1st of July 1875 to negotiate matches produced in accordance with the above.

At the same time it is stated in § 2 that, in the matchstick factories, which used red (amorphous) phosphorus and chlorine acid potash, the space in which processing of the red phosphorus takes place, shall be well secluded from the premises where work with chlorine acid potash takes place.

See the lawe here (danish)

The anonymous letter that started the investigations of phosphornecrosis.

Ii was, as mentioned, a 13 pages anonymous letter to the county member Simony, about the misserable situation for the workers at A. Sørensens match factory og the many cases of phosphornecrosis, that resulted in the adoption of the "match law"

See the original letter here

See a transcription of the letter here (danish)

Sweeden allready got theire "Match law" the 18th of February 1870 - see the law here

Fire-, health- and buildning legislations

Different fire-, health- og building legislations have during the years regulated the condition of planning and operation of match factories.

Law of Fire Department in the cities, 21. marts 1873

The health commission for the capital of Copenhagen. Legislation for planning and operation of friction match factories. 17the of November 1866.

Copenhagen Fire Department, Regulations for planning and operation of match factories. 16th of December 1876.

Before the sulphur match
The first sulphur match
Childrens labor
Womens fight for their rights
Work invironment
The laws
The swedish match industry
The match king, Ivar Kreuger
Was Ivar Kreuger assassinated?
H.C. Andersen and the matches
Drachmann and the matches