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Health and Safety News - 8 December 2010

HSE Myth of the Month

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have been running the 'Myth of the Month' for four years to highlight and put right common misconceptions about health and safety and the role of the HSE. This feature is now coming to an end - the HSE have released a final myth of the month, which is 'health and safety has gone mad'.

Over the years, stories that were created or exaggerated by the media included "the banning of conkers, firemen's poles and park benches" also stories about "excessive safety signs...onerous risk assessments and claims that kids need to be wrapped in cotton wool".

With its Myth of the Month, the HSE has tried to put the record straight that it offers "advice setting out the sensible and proportionate steps we can all take to deal with workplace risks properly".

Single EU health and safety qualification

New plans to develop a single European qualification and training framework for health and safety professionals, were revealed at a conference in Brussels recently.

ENSHPO (European Network of Safety and Health Professional Organisations) Chairman, Giancarlo Bianchi, said: “Professionals who possess the qualification standard will demonstrate to employers that they have the professional skills, knowledge and experience to conduct their job within any country in the EU."

Plumber sentenced for carrying out illegal gas work

Tony MacTaggart (who also trades as TJM Heating and Plumbing) has been sentenced for putting people at risk by illegally working on domestic gas appliances after lying to to homeowners about being registered with Gas Safe, the compulsory registration scheme for gas engineers.

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