Clearview South July 2013 - Issue 140 - Page 60

HEALTH&SAFETY HEALTH & SAFETY TO THE N’th DEGREE? The words ‘Health & Safety’ are usually accompanied by the type of deep exhale of breath associated with a very bored and very busy person! To health and safety professionals, it is a complex world of its own which can often become the proverbial ‘Sword of Damocles’, hanging over an organisation’s head. But does it have to be? There is absolutely no doubt that every organisation, whether window installers or other specialist sub-contractors, must comply with health and safety legislation and it would be totally remiss of me to say anything different. However, there is no doubt that health and safety law is not something that is absolute. Exceed a 30mph speed limit and you are guilty. But drive in a way that isn’t particularly competent, doesn’t mean that you are driving carelessly - that i