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Judith Hackitt's response to Richard Littlejohn's Daily Mail article

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


Richard Littlejohn is wrong to say that HSE is wasting its time and resources compelling music teachers to wear ear muffs.

What we have been doing is working with industry and education to generate common sense advice on how to assess the risks and prevent work related hearing damage. The facts are that 170,000 people in the UK suffer deafness, tinnitus or other ear conditions because of exposure to excessive noise at work. Our advice enables music and other activities to continue but also ensures that long term damage is avoided.

Yet again, a proportionate and common sense approach which hasn't stopped anybody doing anything has been misrepresented and distorted. Our job is to prevent death, injury and ill health to those at work and those affected by work. A role we are proud of. We don't stop fun or learning in schools - or anywhere else for that matter.

Yours faithfully,

Judith Hackitt

Health and Safety Executive

Updated 2013-01-23