Sunday, August 27, 2006

Don't Let Workplace Health and Safety Run Your Life

Having fun and being safe at the same time ...

"Although all employees should focus on staying safe in the workplace, it is important to focus on risks that cause potential harm and not on trivial and petty ones, according to Bill Callaghan, Chair of the United Kingdom's Health and Safety Commission (HSC).

"I'm sick and tired of hearing that 'health and safety' is stopping people doing worthwhile and enjoyable things when at the same time others are suffering real harm and even death as a result of mismanagement at work," Callaghan said.

As a result, the U.K. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched a set of key principles that detail what the organization believes sensible risk management should, and should not, be about.

The HSE says sensible risk management should be about:

- Ensuring that workers and the public are properly protected.
- Providing overall benefit to society by balancing benefits and risks, with a focus on reducing real risks – both those that arise more often and those with serious consequences.
- Enabling innovation and learning, not stifling them.
- Ensuring that those who create risks manage them responsibly and understand that failure to manage real risks responsibly is likely to lead to robust action.
- Enabling individuals to understand that as well as the right to protection, they also have to exercise responsibility."   (Continued via Occupational Hazards)   [Ergonomics Resources]

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