Health and Safety: Reducing the burden
By Corin Taylor; Edited by Natalie Evans
Something has clearly gone wrong with health and safety. Micro-businesses, employing fewer than ten people, are spending one person-day a month complying with health and safety rules. The health and safety industry is growing at a rapid rate. Volunteers are being put off helping their communities for fear of being sued. Emergency service personnel are instructed to consider their own health and safety before the welfare of those in need. Much as the media will exaggerate isolated cases, the health and safety culture in Britain is having a pernicious effect on our lives. Health and safety is becoming a ritual excuse for not doing anything.