Bogus jobsworth-type claims undermine health and safety issue says HSE Chair…
A panel established to expose bogus health and safety claims has already observed 150 cases of such behaviour in an attempt to distinguish between real cases of health and safety breaches and those situations where the health and safety label is abused in order to stop people from carrying out legitimate actions.
Judith Hackitt, the head of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) chairs a panel that is attempting to uncover the threadbare claims and she has called on those involved in undermining the process to explain the reasoning behind their activity, some recent examples of which include:
- Bar staff that won’t pull pints in glasses with handles
- Toothpicks being removed from tables in restaurants
- Schools that forbid the throwing of snowballs
- Hotels that refuse to allow chamber maids to make cot beds
The aim of the panel is to reduce or eliminate these kind of scenarios which gave the very real and necessary implementation of relevant health and safety protocols a bad name.
Juditt Hackitt commented on the damage caused by these kinds of cases:
“We never cease to be amazed by the cases we consider.
“Why on earth do people think that they can get away with banning pint glasses with handles, bubbles at a birthday party, or burgers served anything other than well done, claiming they are a health and safety hazard? The reality is that people hide behind ‘health and safety’ when there are other reasons for what they’re doing – fear of being sued perhaps, or bad customer service. It’s time for them to own up to their real motives.
“The sad fact is that while all this nonsense is being spouted, it overshadows what health and safety is really about – ensuring people return home without injury from their day’s work, every day.
“We’re helping people to fight back – and I’m delighted to hear of cases of our panel making jobsworths back down and admit they’re wrong.”
Author: Julian Roberts
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