Four things that give Health & Safety a bad name (and how to fix them)

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  1. The phrase “Health & Safety”
    Don’t say “for health & safety reasons”, say “because of the risk of…”. Is it a heath risk or a safety risk? What is the danger?
  2. “Health & Safety” being blamed for things that aren’t health or safety related at all.
    Again, don’t say “for health & safety reasons”, give the real reason. If you can’t say what the risk is, why are you calling it a health and safety problem? Many of the cases given in the HSE‘s Mythbuster’s Challenge fall into this category
  3. Being over-cautious
    Most Daily Mail stories fall into this category, as do many of the early cases from the HSE‘s Mythbuster’s Challenge
  4. The Daily Mail.
    Don’t read it. If you read by accident, don’t believe it. If it really happened, remember it probably didn’t happen the way they said it did.

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