It seems incredible that when we are looking forward to an event that is of world-wide interest – we're referring to the Royal Wedding of course – that a government department finds it necessary to warn officials not to use Health and Safety as an excuse for suppressing celebrations.
Not everybody, of course, is in favour of royalty but even the most ardent anti-royalist would prefer to make their case on the basis of facts, and reasoned argument rather than seek to disrupt the event by calling on regulations that are designed to save lives in the workplace rather than constrain national celebrations.
Nevertheless, the Health and Safety Executive felt it necessary to issue a press release advising how to respond to officials who attempt to cite Health and Safety as a reason for constraining celebrations of the royal wedding.
This is another attempt by the HSE and the government to re-focus attention on the true reason for, and the genuine benefits from Health and Safety legislation. It is another step in the government's campaign, which began with the publication of Lord Young's report in October 2010, to free health and safety from the unhealthy and unhelpful reputation that has developed in recent years.
Chris Grayling - Minister for Health and Safety – is quoted as saying:
"The Royal Wedding will be a great national occasion, and I want to reassure everyone that they can have street parties with friends and family and bring out the bunting to celebrate in time-honoured British tradition. There is no reason whatsoever for anyone to ban these celebrations on the grounds of health and safety."
The overall message, therefore is to use common sense, take care and thoroughly enjoy the occasion,
Read the HSE Press Release