Emm Pee

Given that I have a reputation for being a bit bolshy sometimes, you might be surprised to know that I haven’t written to an MP for ages…so long that it was back when a Conservative was our MP. Anyway, I was delighted to discover that thanks to a website called write to them, it’s as easy as. You type in your postcode and it tells you your local councillor, your MP, and your Euro representatives. You click on a name, type an e-mail, and it sends it for you.

So, what excited all this…excitement?

Dear Alan Whitehead,

I am writing to draw your attention to Michael Clapham’s Early Day Motion, EDM 234, calling for the regulation of the Health and Safety profession.

I’m sure you’ve seen the newspaper stories about so-called health and safety rules imposed by companies and public bodies, which defy common sense. These rules come about because there are a small number of people working in health and safety who have no knowledge and little experience, and so resort to a “ban everything” approach. This imposes unnecessary, costly and inconvenient restrictions on workplaces and public life, and brings the health and safety profession into disrepute. More importantly, it distracts attention away from true areas of risk.

Regulation of the profession could lead to all health and safety practitioners being focused on true areas of risk, with a removal of the pointless restrictions and an improvement in workplace safety for all.

I commend the motion to you and ask you to support it.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Gottle
Health and Safety Professional

I’ll let you know what happens.

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