HSC urges move away from "petty health and safety"


Workplace safety body the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has launched a campaign urging people to forget about "petty health and safety".

People should focus their attention on serious risks rather than concentrating on trivial ones and should not use health and safety as an excuse to stop every day activities, the commission said.

"I'm sick and tired of hearing that 'health and safety' is stopping people doing worthwhile and enjoyable things when at the same time others are suffering real harm and even death as a result of mismanagement at work," said the HSC's chair, Bill Callaghan.

Health and safety stories are often "myths" and are used to justify unpopular decisions such as closing facilities, he added.

The commission has released a new set of key principles outlining what constitutes sensible risk management, which it hopes will contribute towards cutting red tape and making a difference to people's lives.

HSC statistics reveal that in 2005/06, 212 workers and 384 members of the public were killed following a workplace accident.

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