The Health and Safety Executive have just launched a ‘Myth Busters Challenge Panel‘ who will look into instances where dodgy Health and Safety advice or decisions have been made and someone wants and independent view.
This is part of the fightback against ‘Health and Safety’ being incorrectly used as a convenient excuse to stop essentially sensible activities going ahead.
The Panel is chaired by HSE Chair Judith Hackitt who is supported by a pool of independent members representing a wide range of interests including small businesses, public safety, trade union, the insurance industry etc.
The HSE say that the Panel will look into complaints regarding the advice given by non-regulators such as insurance companies, H&S consultants and employers and ‘quickly assess if a sensible and proportionate decision has been made’.
If you think a decision or advice that you have been given in the name of health and safety is wrong, or disproportionate to what you are doing, you can complain to the panel. It will then investigate and publish its findings on the HSE website.