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The Independent - "A Year to Change the World"

Justin McCracken responds to an article in the press

Sir

The article "A Year to Change the World" (Thursday 3 Jan), states that the Health and Safety Executive insists that there can be no outdoor swimming without a lifeguard. We make no such insistence; people are free to choose to swim in open water and take personal responsibility for their own safety. I enjoy doing this myself.

In places where managed open air swimming occurs our guidance recommends lifeguards are deployed, but this is a matter for risk assessment by those managing the facility, and depends on the particular circumstances in each case.

Yours faithfully

Justin McCracken
Deputy Chief Executive
Health and Safety Executive

Updated 2012-03-09