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Geoffrey Podger responding to a letter in Nottingham Evening Post on 16 October under the headline "health and safety killjoys"

Dear Sir,

I have a lot of sympathy with your correspondent Mr Bower's view that some people seem to have as their raison d'ĂȘtre "the prevention of all joyous activity, whether commercial or recreational". There is however nothing that the Health and Safety Executive does that prevents or unreasonably inhibits people from holding summer fetes or putting up Christmas lighting or indeed a whole range of other low risk activities. Let's hope common sense will prevail at Christmas as all other times of the year.

Yours faithfully,

Geoffrey Podger

HSE Chief Executive
Updated 2009-04-27