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HSE responds to The Sun article - "Scandal of 52 new 'elf 'n' safety bods"

6 August 2010

Dear Sir,

Taxpayers will rightly want the facts about the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) current recruitment of inspectors ("Scandal of 52 new 'elf n safety' bods", p2, 6 August).

Far from this being a drain on the public purse, the new inspectors will either directly move into posts funded by industry or allow others to do so - meaning there is no additional cost to the taxpayer.

We have, of course, followed the proper process on recruitment. The new staff will be doing essential frontline work, and many of them will work in the offshore, nuclear and petrochemical sectors, playing a key part in their safe and efficient operation.

HSE has no jobs for 'busybodies' or 'clipboard killjoys' - that is absolutely not what we are here for.

Yours sincerely,

Geoffrey Podger
Chief Executive
Health and Safety Executive

Updated 2012-01-13