HSE says "there is too much HSE"
Far too many "party pooper decisions" are justified by statements along the lines of "it's not us, it's Health and Safety", when, in reality, the HSE had nothing to do with it, and it is purely cowardice on the part of officials trying to avoid responsibility should things go wrong, and (even more) shielding themselves from
It's not on the most recent list, but my "favourite" activity banned on spurious grounds of Health and Safety was conkers in school...
From the BBC:
One health and safety expert said the law required people to approach risks in a balanced and proportionate manner.
"Overzealousness about trivial risks gives health and safety a bad name but there are actually many more cases where people are under-hitting," said Roger Bibbings, occupational safety adviser for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
Good health and safety practice was all about "exercising judgement", he added.
"People in authority such as councillors and managers need to be much more 'risk literate' or 'risk intelligent'. And third partiers such as clients, funders or insurers need to avoid requiring people to do things in the name of 'elf 'n' safety' which are not actually required by the law."