Jan. 7th, 2010

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I do a bit of Health & Safety work to help out here. Its a frustrating job, but also a lot more satisfying than my main work. The main cause of frustration is all the criticism of either doing too much or not enough. This sort of thing doesn't help...

Conkers culprit confesses 22/12/2009

 
 

The headteacher who made pupils wear goggles while playing conkers has admitted to starting the myth.

In an article published in The Guardian on 9 December, Shaun Halfpenny said that a child had originally asked if they could wear goggles.

He said his decision to alert the media to the story was “tongue in cheek”, and that it was largely during the 1980s and 90s Tory administrations that the health and safety culture was brought to bear in schools.

The Guardian later published a letter from IOSH in reaction to Halfpenny’s admission, in which president John Holden said: “The great danger of trivialising our health and safety is, of course, that we fail to protect ourselves when it really is needed.

"So Mr Halfpenny had his bit of fun. IOSH did its best to deal with it but the myth got stronger, and now a potential new government is talking about cutting health and safety legislation!”


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