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30th November 2009

Health & Safety Executive - Myth about school experiments

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) exists in order to prevent death, injury and ill health to those at work and those affected by work activities, and contrary to what you might read or hear in the media, this is about saving lives and not stopping people living.

To try to overcome some of the myths which have grown up over time, the HSE website publishes a “Myth of the Month” which aims to present the real truth behind some of the public perceptions of health and safety regulations.

The claims often made by the media about the activities that are banned due to health and safety are completely unfounded. All the HSE seeks to achieve is a balance between the unachievable aim of absolute safety and the kind of poor management of risk that damages lives and the economy. Risk management should not be merely a bureaucratic exercise, but about protecting people from real harm by taking practical, realistic measures.

Stop classroom experiments

The November myth surrounds the misconception that the HSE would like to stop classroom experiments, on the grounds of Health and Safety.

The reality is that the HSE agrees that hands-on lessons are an essential part of learning. They teach our children about handling dangerous substances with safety, and help them learn how, and why, risk management should be implemented. And they bring to life the subject of science which can often be seen as boring or irrelevant.

For more information on the November myth, and to read other myths which the HSE are seeking to scotch, please visit The Health & Safety Executive site.

For more information on legislation that applies to educational establishments please visit our page on accidents in schools, colleges and universities.

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