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Judith Hackitt, chair of the Health and Safety Executive 13 Jan 2010
Judith Hackett
When is risk a good thing, and when is it just plain dangerous?

Banning conkers, cancelling village fetes, taking down hanging baskets, outlawing school trips- it sometimes seems as if the Health and Safety Executive exists for no other reason than to spoil everyone’s fun. And it’s the job of Judith Hackitt, chair of the HSE, to convince us otherwise. She has to battle against such myths each time they appear in the media, and get on with the much more serious job of reducing the number of people killed, injured or made ill by work. Judith discusses her concerns about our increasingly risk averse society, and explains why she once set her hands (safely) on fire to make her point.

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