Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Health and Safety: a Refresher

The Health and Safety Executive is clearly afraid of getting closed down in the next quango cull, putting out the story yesterday that many daft health and safety decisions (like this one) weren't justified. A review of H&S legislation is due in October, and I guess the Executive knows that its role, or even existence, might be reviewed too.

Here's what they said: complying with health and safety regulations was often used as a "convenient excuse" for organisations to justify unnecessary decisions.

Now where have we seen that before? Oh yes, secular councils airbrushing all Christian references from their local community on the pretext that it might offend someone of another faith, even though nobody of another faith had ever complained.

In the meantime, it's a great excuse to repost this video, which tells you all you need to know.

apologies to any Health and Safety professionals out there. More stuff like it here.


  1. Of all public bodies, the Health and Safety Executive is important and much-maligned. They are not fanatical conkers-banners. They give sensible advice. And they have the job of investigating all serious accidents to see if there's something that can be done to prevent similar incidents elsewhere.

    Abandoning the HSE would probably expose good businesses to the power of lawyers without any good practice to quote. Leave the HSE alone, I say.