Thursday, November 15, 2007

Boxtickers Are Blind To The Accident Waiting To Happen (from The Herald )

Boxtickers Are Blind To The Accident Waiting To Happen (from The Herald ): "Unfortunately, Mr Pearce has chosen the wrong target. This area has been the subject of much misreporting because the Taliban in this instance is more likely to be a self-justifying health and safety official from the local council than a hard-pressed employee of the Health and Safety Executive."


The Health and Safety at Work Act has saved thousands of lives, largely due to sensible application of its principles by Health and Safety Executive Inspectors and by health and safety professionals in industry. I would not like that progress to be lost due to unfounded criticism by journalists or ill-informed decisions by people, in both the private and public sectors, who try to disguise economy measures under the banner of health and safety.

British health and safety law has always been based on the premise that not all risk can be eliminated and some low level risk is tolerable, a view recently upheld by the European courts.


John H Allen
Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
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