With “Health and Safety” often incorrectly used as a convenient excuse to stop what are essentially sensible activities going ahead,
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has set up an independent panel – the Myth Busters Challenge Panel – to scrutinise such decisions.
Chaired by the HSE Chair Judith Hackitt, with HSE Board member Robin Dahlberg as the Vice-Chair, the Panel is being supported by a pool of independent members who represent a wide range of interests. This includes small businesses, public safety, trade union, the insurance industry and many outside interests where day-to-day common sense decisions on risk management are made.
This Panel will look into complaints regarding the advice given by non-regulators such as insurance companies, health and safety consultants and employers and, quickly assess if a sensible and proportionate decision has been made. The purpose of the Panel is that the HSE want to make it clear that “health and safety” is about managing real risks properly, not being risk averse and stopping people getting on with their lives.
If you think a decision or advice that you have been given in the name of health and safety is wrong, or disproportionate to what you are doing, you can complain to the Panel, who will investigate and publish its findings on the HSE website.
Top 10 worst health and safety myths
To mark the launch of the new Myth Busters Challenge Panel, the HSE has published its top ten worst myths.
- Children being banned from playing conkers unless they are wearing goggles
- Office workers being banned from putting up Christmas decorations
- Trapeze artists being ordered to wear hard hats
- Pin the tail on the donkey games being deemed a health and safety risk
- Candy floss on a stick being banned in case people trip and impale themselves
- Hanging baskets being banned in case people bump their heads on them
- Schoolchildren being ordered to wear clip on ties in case they are choked by traditional neckwear
- Park benches must be replaced because they are three inches too low
- Flip flops being banned from the workplace
- Graduates ordered not to throw their mortar boards in the air
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