Brent Council today signed up to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
campaign to combat the growing number of myths that are undermining important
health and safety legislation.
The authoritys Chief Executive, Gareth Daniel joined Geoffrey Podger,
HSE Chief Executive and Paul Coen, Chief Executive of the Local Government Association
(LGA), to publicly sign up to ten principles of sensible risk management
which give organisations practical advice on what risk management should
and should not be about.
Geoffrey Podger, HSE Chief Executive said:
"Weve all heard the stories about health and safety banning hanging
baskets or making children wear goggles to play conkers. This is not what we
are about it is not what HSE wants, not what Brent council wants and
not what the law requires.
"We want to focus our attention on practical steps that protect people
from real risks that can lead to injury and death, we do not want to stop people
from living their lives."
"I call on all Local Authorities to follow the lead of the London Borough
of Brent and join with us in tackling this issue by publicly signing up
to sensible risk. Together we can embed these principles into our working
culture and ensure the decisions we make focus on the real task of saving lives."
London Borough of Brent is one of the first local authorities to commit to
a proportionate and focused approach to risk management. Chief Executive Gareth
"Protecting the health and safety of our workers and the community we
represent has always been a crucial issue for us. Over time the stories of health
and safety gone mad has undermined the good work we and other councils do to
protect vulnerable members of society."
"We are proud to be one of the first councils to sign up to protecting
our workers and community through sensible health and safety policies and commit
to focusing on saving lives not bureaucratic back covering."