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HSE responds to stories that health and safety prevents school field trips

HSE Chair Judith Hackitt sets straight stories that 'health and safety' prevents school field trips in a personal letter to Professor Steve Jones, President of the Association of Science Education.

"I read with interest your 'View from the Lab' in the Daily Telegraph on 11 January. I wholeheartedly agree with you that bringing science to life through practical experimentation and field study in schools is essential if we are to inspire and motivate the next generation of scientists and engineers.

"In your article you mention that health and safety issues have played a part in dampening teachers' enthusiasm for field work in recent years. The Health and Safety Executive is very much aware of the extent to which health and safety issues are perceived to be an obstacle to organising an outdoor school trip and we have done a great deal in the last two or three years to dispel many of the myths and to make it as easy and straightforward as possible to take sensible precautions and proceed with activities.

"HSE actively encourages well run activities throughout school life to let pupils experience real science and also learn about dealing with risk, not avoiding it."

For more information on HSE's work to put the record straight on science experiments and school trips, see:

Updated 2016-02-16