Government “sees sense” on health and safety myth-making
An epidemic of excuses wrongly citing health and safety is needlessly curtailing people’s personal freedoms, Employment minister Chris Grayling announced today (24 August).
In what has been described as the Government finally “seeing sense” the minister conceded that it is misconceptions about and misapplication of health and safety legislation – rather than the laws themselves, or health and safety professionals – that have contributed to its negative image.
Speaking after the publication by the HSE on its website of the top ten most bizarre health and safety bans – including the closure of Murray Mount during this year’s Wimbledon Championships – Mr Grayling said: “We have seen an epidemic of excuses wrongly citing health and safety as a reason to prevent people from doing pretty harmless things with only very minor risks attached. This has to stop. The law does not require this to happen – people must be encouraged to use their common sense.€
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