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The People - Myth busting

HSE Chair Judith Hackitt responds

Dear Editor,

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) would like to set the record straight in response to comments by Jean Gorst in the ("Your say..." column, Sunday 2 August) that, "Thanks to the HSE children are already restricted as to what they can and can't do in some schools..."

HSE has not banned conkers, skipping ropes and sports days at schools. In fact HSE believes that risk is a part of growing up in the real world. Children need to learn how to manage risks to prepare them for the world of work. We promote a common-sense approach real risks associated with workplaces - not preventing children learning and having fun.

Your correspondent is right that "there's nothing nicer than hearing their laughter through play".

Yours sincerely,

Judith Hackitt
Chair, Health and Safety Executive

Updated 2013-01-23