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Response to leader column in the Daily Mail

Article:
Leader column - Daily Mail, 12 April 2012
Response date:
12 April 2012

Dear editor,

In response to today's leader column HSE would like to point out that we are already engaged in a major programme of reform to health and safety regulation. Our aim is to simplify regulation to make it easy for businesses to understand what they need to do and to avoid unnecessary red tape. We are working closely with business and other stakeholders to ensure that businesses do what is sensible and proportionate but which also maintains protection levels for those at risk of serious injury and ill health caused by work.

The myth buster panel is being set up to address the many silly decisions which are taken and wrongly assigned to reasons of health and safety but our primary focus is on preventing death, injury and ill health in Britain's workplaces.

Yours faithfully,

Judith Hackitt
Chair
HSE

Updated 2012-12-04