Call for rethink of H&S

Posted on 4 Dec 2009 by The Manufacturer

An expert who works with clients in the manufacturing sector is backing calls to change the UK's obsession with minor health and safety concerns, in favour of a stronger focus on preventing accidents.

Chartered safety and health practitioner, Paul Darby, from leading training company Pivotal Performance says that the wrong belief that ‘health and safety spoils everything’ diverts attention away from more important issues.

He’s backing calls from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) to look again at the way people view health and safety.

“RoSPA’s own figures show that the number of UK deaths registered as an accident have risen,” says Darby. “Accidents remain the most likely cause of death for people under the age of 35. And in recent years the figure has risen year on year.

“But people on the street continue to obsess over healthy and safety supposedly stopping fun things from happening. The reality is that health and safety saves lives.

He added: “We have some of the best health and safety laws in the world. Add some common sense and even more lives will be saved.

“All we need to do is change the way people perceive health and safety. They must see it as vital, not something that they reluctantly have to do.”

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