Companies 'should not hide behind' health and safety
Health and safety should not be used as an excuse to hide behind, according to a senior industry observer.
Prime minister David Cameron recently appointed Lord Young of Graffham to conduct a review of health and safety laws and practice, plus an assessment of compensation culture.
Judith Hackitt, chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), welcomed the move and suggested in a letter to Lord Young that she hopes it will stop firms attempting to deflect blame for their deficiencies.
She wrote: "We in HSE have been saying for some time that health and safety is being used by too many as a convenient excuse to hide behind.
"We welcome your review and stand ready to make available to you whatever information or insight we can."
The HSE has also been running a 'myth of the month' campaign since 2007, designed to dispel some of the decisions which are wrongly blamed on health and safety.
Formed as part of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, the HSE has since absorbed regulatory bodies such as the Factory Inspectorate and the Railway Inspectorate.
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