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HSE Responds to Scotland on Sunday article - "Health & Safety gets flounders off the hook"

30 July 2010

Sir

I read with interest the article "Health & Safety gets flounders off the hook" and your comment piece "See sense over safety" (25th July, 2010).

Health and safety regulations have conveniently been used as an excuse for the annual flounder tramping championships not going ahead. I suggest that it is not the "ubiquitous health and safety regulations" that were the cause of the cancellation, but more importantly, and as stated in the article, the cost of insurance is the real cause of the event's cancellation.

We adopt a common sense approach to health and safety and want others to do the same. The reality is, that as long as organisers of events such as this adopt a common sense approach to health and safety and carry out a risk assessment to ensure that participants are safe, then events can go ahead. If they don't then the real culprit - the cost of insurance can be identified as the reason they didn't.

Yours sincerely

Dr Paul Stollard
Regional Director, Scotland
Health and Safety Executive
59 Belford Road
Edinburgh

Updated 2012-01-13