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Daily Mail letter about trivial and pointless restrictions

Geoffrey Podger, Chief Executive, Health and Safety Executive responds

The Editor
Daily Mail
Northcliffe House
2 Derry Street
London W8 5TT

20 August 2008


Roy Donaldson (Letters, 20 August 2008) is right to object to trivial and pointless restrictions allegedly due to health and safety - but he is wrong to blame the Health and Safety Executive.

We do not, as he asserts, issue "bans, warning and threats" in this area. Nor do we seek to abolish all risk and so encourage a culture of compensation seeking.

Our role is far more important than that. The HSE is dedicated to addressing the real risks that people face in the workplace, where there were more than 228 deaths last year.

Yours faithfully,
Geoffrey Podger

Chief Executive
Health and Safety Executive
Redgrave Court
Merton Road
Merseyside L20 7HS

Updated 2011-11-07