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Daily Telegraph, 'Abolish Health and Safety - Improve Pensions' - Timothy Walker responds

Letter to the Editor, Daily Telegraph

Sir - Your leader (July 5) recommended that abolition of my organisation would assist company profitability, and so help fund pensions. We at HSE believe, on the contrary, that making a company workplace safer and healthier also makes it more profitable. MORI recently found that 73% of companies believed attention to health and safety benefited their performance, and 64% reported it saved them money in the long term. The sensible approach to health and safety is not to go over the top eliminating risks but to manage them.

Timothy Walker
Director General
Health and Safety Executive
London SE1

Updated 2013-01-23