Is health and safety used as a ‘smokescreen’?

Health and safety came to the fore in the media yet again this week, with minister Mike Penning claiming: ‘Health and safety has long been used as a smokescreen by jobsworths who have little knowledge of the law and who want to fob people off with an easy excuse’. You can read more at:

Paul Almond appeared on the Today Programme on Radio 4, BBC Radio 2, 5Live, and BBC Radio Berkshire to discuss issues around health and safety myths and health and safety as a smokescreen.  Paul welcomed  Mr. Penning’s recognition of various media stories as myths rather than matters of law and agreed that ‘health and safety’ is often seized upon as an excuse. You can listen to the full discussion on BBC Radio Berkshire here: (from 16 minutes in).