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Category: Putting the record straight

HSE responds to press articles critical of health and safety to help put the record straight

Heinz beans ‘can song’ advert banned over injury fears

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Lots of media coverage has appeared today relating to the Heinz baked beans ‘can song’ advert being banned by The Advertising Standards Authority as it ‘encouraged behaviour that prejudiced health and safety’. The advertising campaign has been banned from TV over fears that young viewers could copy the ‘can song’ and injure themselves on sharp empty tins.

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Ban on throwing mortar boards is a tired health and safety myth

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A number of media outlets have reported today (Wednesday 18 May 2016) that a university plans to ban their students  from throwing mortar boards in the air on graduation day for health and safety reasons. HSE has provided a response to this age-old myth:

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HSE responds to UCATT release on construction deaths

Friday, February 19, 2016

On 18/02/2016, construction union UCATT issued a press release to media that claimed there was an increase in prosecution delays and fall in convictions following construction deaths. UCATT cited information that was included in a recent Parliamentary Question response. HSE construction sector has responded to UCATT’s interpretation of the statistics.

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Let’s hope common sense prevails, says HSE

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A story published online this morning (17 November 2015) by The Post in Bristol suggests a blind schoolgirl has been ‘banned’ from bringing her walking cane to school because of ‘health and safety’ reasons.

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HSE refutes ‘no concerns’ claim on Channel 4 News item, 19/10/2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A statement made by an interviewee in Tuesday’s Channel 4 News item about living conditions for migrant workers at Nickle Farm in Kent was incorrect. 

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Proper health and safety is no barrier to success

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

HSE responds to article in The Herald – “Time for radical re-think on health and safety regulations”, 29 September 2015.

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HSE rails against health and safety claim in Telegraph’s dentist story

Friday, July 31, 2015

HSE responds to Telegraph story – “Dentist tells the obese they are not welcome”, 31 July 2015.

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HSE responds to criticism of its ‘Beware Asbestos’ campaign from the United Kingdom Asbestos Training Association (UKATA)

Friday, February 20, 2015

HSE is surprised and disappointed that the United Kingdom Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) appears to be arguing for the removal of free advice aimed at those who might otherwise remain unaware of the risks they face with regards to asbestos.

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HSE’s full statement to The Herald on prosecutions and health and safety in Scotland

Monday, November 10, 2014

An editorial comment in today’s The Herald newspaper did not include HSE’s comment in full.

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HSE Chair response to Sun story alleging pub chain banned poppies

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

HSE responds to Sun story – “Poppycock: Pubs in ‘safety’ ban on poppies”, 5 November 2014.

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HSE responds to letter in The Herald that asserts “UK onshore health and safety regulation and enforcement are in meltdown”

Monday, November 3, 2014

HSE acting head of operations (Scotland) responds to letter in The Herald – “Only a public inquiry can properly scrutinise helicopter safety”, 29 October 2014.

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HSE responds to Manchester Evening News article on banning decorative flowerpots

Monday, September 1, 2014

HSE Chair Judith Hackitt responds to Manchester Evening News article – “Award-winning gardeners told: ‘Your flower pots are a bloomin’ health hazard’”, 28 August 2014.

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HSE responds to Scottish Sun’s criticism of organiser’s decision to move T in the Park music festival

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Scottish Sun “out of tune with reality” – Alistair McNab, Director, HSE Scotland.

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HSE response to ‘water fiasco’ marathon cancellation coverage in the Sheffield Star

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I applaud the Star for not doing what many journalists sadly did in lambasting ‘health and safety’ for the cancellation of Sunday’s Sheffield Half Marathon (6 April).

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HSE responds to letter in Blackpool Gazette on Fracking regulations

Friday, April 4, 2014

Dear Editor

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HSE responds to Birmingham Post article: ‘Shambles as library staff unable to reach books’

Friday, April 4, 2014

Dear Editor,

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Statement on joint Police/HSE investigation into Brecon Beacon deaths

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Statement on investigation into deaths of three soldiers following a Ministry of Defence selection test exercise in the Brecon Beacons in July 2013.

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HSE responds to Burnley Express letter on cancelled football match

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) played no part in the decision to cancel the Padiham FC football match against Burscough on Saturday 18 January (Cancelled without need, Burnley Express, 28 January).

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HSE responds to Morpeth Herald article; Health and Safety madness risks lives

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


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HSE responds to article regarding its decision to prosecute Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

Friday, August 30, 2013

HSE Acting Chief Executive responds to The Guardian article – “Mid Staffs trust to be prosecuted over death of diabetic patient”, 29 August 2013.

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