The Red Arrow wrote:From January 2012...
David Cameron: I will kill off safety culture
'We need to realise, collectively, that we cannot eliminate risk and that some accidents are inevitable,' PM says
Andrew Woodcock, Dan Bentley, Ben Glaze
Thursday 5 January 2012
"This coalition has a clear new year's resolution: to kill off the health and safety culture for good.
"I want 2012 to go down in history not just as Olympics year or Diamond Jubilee year, but the year we get a lot of this pointless time-wasting out of the British economy and British life once and for all."http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/po ... 8.html?amp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;"Killing off the health and safety nonsense for good is not something government can do alone. It needs a change in the national mindset.
"We need to realise, collectively, that we cannot eliminate risk and that some accidents are inevitable. We need to take responsibility for our actions and rely on common sense rather than procedure.
"Above all, we need to give British businesses the freedom and discretion they need to grow, create jobs and drive our economy forward."
The issue here is really the language used, imo. In the interest of selling a 'common sense' idea Cameron and co love all this waffle about red tape etc. If you were to present to them flammable cladding, they'd probably say 'oh yes well that doesn't count, that is wrong, yes, health and safety is fine'. But you get the impression in the interest of cheap political point scoring and laissez faire attitudes to market regulation, the rhetoric above gives spivs and chancers and genuine fuckwits all the legitimate space they need to cut corners.