Health and Safety Not Gone Mad, says HSE

The great number of cases where health and safety were used as a false reason so that something could be banned, were criticized by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Most people associate falsely health and safety with absurd situations where preposterously risk-averse restrictions are applied. A good example of the mentioned is a ban on shredded paper at a school fête. People need to learn that the Health and Safety Executive has provided restrictive rules so that they cannot use law in order to do anything they want.

Judith Hackitt, chair of the HSE, explained that there were cases blown up by media, which in fact had nothing to do with actual health and safety regulations.

“The reality is that people hide behind health and safety when there are other reasons for what they’re doing – fear of being sued perhaps, or bad customer service,” she said. “It’s time for them to own up to their real motives.”

HSE set up an expert panel the aim of which is to investigate cases in which because of the health and safety grounds some benign activities were prohibited.

For one year, this panel reported 150 cases where health and safety rules were not used in the proper way by either business or public bodies. Among the cases were a restaurant, which refused to serve burgers rare, and bars, which refused to fill pint glasses, which were equipped with, handles.

In the words of Ms. Hacklitt the panel had seen amazing cases which proved that people were not well aware of the meaning of health and safety.

She said: “The sad fact is that while all this nonsense is being spouted, it overshadows what health and safety is really about – ensuring people return home without injury from their day’s work, every day.”

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