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HSE forms panel to stop 'sensible activities' being prevented by health and safety overkill

The Health and Safety Executive has set up an independent panel – the Myth Busters Challenge Panel - to scrutinise decisions which can lead health and safety to become a “convenient excuse to stop what are essentially sensible activities going ahead”.

The panel is chaired by the HSE chair Judith Hackitt, with HSE Board member Robin Dahlberg as the Vice-Chair and they are supported by a pool of independent members who represent a wide range of interests. This includes small businesses, public safety, trade union, the insurance industry and many outside interests where day-to-day common sense decisions on risk management are made.

It will look into complaints regarding the advice given by non-regulators such as insurance companies, health and safety consultants and employers and, quickly assess if a sensible and proportionate decision has been made. The HSE wants to make clear that "health and safety" is about managing real risks properly, not being risk averse and stopping people getting on with their lives.