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Where it all Started - Summary Report - A Question of Balance

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Right Honorable Tony Blair, commenting on the campaign launch as UK Prime Minister: 'Everything we do in our everyday activity, in our work and leisure involves some element of risk. Risk is an inescapable part of our lives. The challenge for all of us, both within and outside Government is to manage risk in a way which gives us the necessary protection we need without constraining what we do beyond a level that is justified. I very much welcome your conference today as a vital contribution to this debate. I hope that you will enjoy what I am sure will be a very stimulating and productive'.

Judith Hackett HSE PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 July 2011

Misguided "jobsworths" are preventing children from enjoying traditional playground games through the over-zealous application of health and safety laws, says the watchdog for the legislation.

Judith Hackitt, head of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), accused councils of using health and safety rules to avoid providing activities that might cost money or expose them to being sued.

She said children's play and education had been damaged, with some playgrounds becoming joyless no-go areas, while science lessons had been hampered by bans on practical experiments.

Hackitt warned the HSE would challenge bureaucrats who attribute "daft decisions" to ban innocuous activities to safety rules.

Warning that "the gloves are off", she said the rules were wrongly blamed for decisions to make children wear goggles when playing conkers and ban running at a pancake race.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/jul/02/jobsworths-health-safety-schools-fun-children

 
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