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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!”

Date: 2010-01-07 12:03 pm (UTC)
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People just don't seem to realise that H&S law is about liability not what you are or are not allowed to do. The basic tennent states that 'if you do something unsafe and know it to be unsafe then its your own fault, not the company' which means, of course, that companies have to make sure that they document every hazard and keep up to date with safety equipment otherwise they fall foul. If someone chooses not to wear safety equipment, despite having read the document that says 'you should wear safety equipment', despite the signs saying 'wear safety equipment' and said equipment being readily available for free from the company and they have an accident then they have no grounds for action but they are perfectly entitled in law to ignore the rules so long as they are aware of the consequences.

Date: 2010-01-07 03:51 pm (UTC)
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H&S prduce some lovely H&S Myths posters, including the conkers one.

Date: 2010-01-07 04:41 pm (UTC)
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I hate it when people go off on one about health and safety rules, because it is never actually anything to do with H&S. Its normally fear of spurious legal action that prompts stupid decisions. I blame the no win no fee companies


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