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Case 85 - Charitable trust for sailing barge refused to carry out sailing training for young people on health and safety grounds

Issue

A charitable trust for a sailing barge has refused to carry out sailing training for young people on the grounds of health and safety.

Panel decision

There is no occupational health and safety regulation that prohibits the provision of this training and the relevant authority has advised that there is nothing in their regulation which would prevent it either.

Given the number of other organisations who do manage to provide such training for young people quite successfully the panel feel that this particular organisation should be challenged to state more clearly what the real reasons are behind their decision not to provide training for young people rather than hiding behind health and safety as a convenient catch-all excuse.

2012-10-26