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HSE responds to Bristol Evening Post - 'A laughing stock - snow health and safety'

"Letters: A laughing stock - snow health and safety" - Bristol Evening Post
Response date:
22 January 2010

Dear Editor,

I would like to make it clear that under health and safety legislation nobody who volunteers to support their community by clearing pavements during icy conditions should feel they are in danger of being sued.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) encourages a common sense approach to health and safety, and agrees with your reader that "clearing the snow and ice...makes it easier for people to get about."

HSE is focused on the real safety risks at work, and we think it is ridiculous that people should feel prevented from helping others, through a fear of being held responsible for an accident.

Yours sincerely,

Terry Rose
Regional Director, South West
Health and Safety Executive
The Pithay, All Saints Street
Bristol BS1 2ND

Updated 2012-12-20