HSE calls for change on ‘lazy’ OSH blame game

Health and Safety Executive LogoThe regulator launched its 40th anniversary year (see our previous story) with a call to stop the culture of blaming anything and everything on non-existent ‘health and safety’ rules.

Retail and leisure businesses feature prominently in a new report by the University of Exeter, which reveals half of all cases put to HSE’s Myth Busters Challenge Panel came from shops, cafes and leisure centres.

The research which also looks at perceptions and understanding of health and safety regulation in society, found the fear of being sued, cost avoidance and lack of training were other key reasons behind the use of the health and safety myth.

Department for Work and Pensions Minister Mark Harper said: “The Health and Safety Executive has done fantastic work over the past 40 years to keep working people safe.

“Elf n safety’ myths get in the way of what the law is for – saving lives, not stopping people living them.

“No employer or worker should hide behind the health and safety excuses, if they act in a sensible way. If you hear of a bogus health and safety myth, report it to our panel.”

Judith Hackitt, Chair of HSE and the Myth Busters Challenge Panel said: “HSE wants to encourage everyone, especially those working in leisure and retail, to make a resolution to stop using the health and safety catch-all excuse.

“Give the real reason for the decision you take. We want people to be honest – giving health and safety the blame is lazy and unhelpful.

“Customers are at the heart any business. Getting rid of over-the-top decisions blamed on health and safety will improve the service customers receive and enable the business to prosper.”

Source: Barbour Info

Post date: 12 Jan 2015

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