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London WC2 6RL
Tony Grayling's article (New trains of thought, May28 - June 3) unfortunately repeats a common myth that HSE's approach to safety regulation is one of "eliminating all risks". This has the potential to confuse what is undoubtedly an important debate on the future of Britain's railways.
HSE has never sought to eliminate all risk, on the railways or elsewhere. Sensible health and safety is about managing risks, not eliminating them all; the law recognises the latter is simply not possible. Employers are required to take appropriate measures to keep foreseeable risks 'as low as reasonably practicable'. No less, no more.
Health and Safety Executive