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Health and Safety Mythbusting

June 7, 2012

I may be suffering from tabloid burnout, but the good people of the Health and Safety Executive aren’t.

Terms of reference

The Myth Busters Challenge Panel provides a mechanism for anyone (whether on behalf of a company or organisation, or as an individual), who receives advice or is told that a decision has been taken in the name of health and safety that they believe to be disproportionate or inaccurate, to challenge that advice.


  • The Panel will consider cases where advice is given by non-regulators (eg insurance companies, health and safety consultants, suppliers, contractors and employers) who quote health and safety as the reason to do or not do something, or where the challenger considers the advice be inaccurate or disproportionate.
  • The panel will offer its opinion on whether the advice was correct and proportionate in terms of its interpretation of the requirements of health and safety legislation.
  • The panel will not offer an opinion on the role of other regulators or consider challenges about issues that relate solely to another regulator.
  • The panel will not consider cases where the health and safety regulator has made a decision – the Independent Regulatory Challenge Panel will deal with these.

How does the Myth Busters Challenge Panel work?

Members of the public and organisations will be invited to submit cases where they have been advised that they should or should not carry out an activity because of health and safety and they wish to challenge this advice.

  • The Panel will consider the overall facts of the case. The Panel’s findings will be made publicly available.
  • The Challenge Panel Chair is Judith Hackitt, Chair of HSE and HSE Board member Robin Dahlberg is Vice-Chair. They are supported by a pool of independent panel members who have a wide range of experience and backgrounds in managing risk on a day-to-day basis.

You can see some of the myths busted by the panel over the past couple of months here.  If you would like to contact the panel, you can do so here.

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