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In the Interests of Safety: The absurd rules that blight our lives and how we can change them by [Brown, Tracey]
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"In the Interests of Safety "has debunked some of the myths that blight our lives The Sun"

[An] excellent, sceptical take on safety culture BBC Focus"

["In the Interests of Safety]" tells you how to stand up to a jobsworth with knowledge, courtesy and common sense The Times"

In this book Tracey Brown and Michael Hanlon take on the large, profitable and growing 'security industry' and expose its foolishness, its impotence and, most worryingly, its tendency to inflict unintended consequences . . . "In the Interests of Safety "challenges innumerable assumptions and foolishnesses Literary Review"

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An entertaining and fascinating examination of the rules and regulations that dominate everyday life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 963 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0751553514
  • Publisher: Sphere (3 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GFHFZ66
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #243,052 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Unlike the previous reviewer, I actually have read the book. The main thrust is not an attack on health and safety but rather it's wilful distortion by public bodies and others to the point of absurdity. The authors highlight the 'theatre of security' which allows space for consultants to sell solutions to spurious threats. This, together with the fear of litigation, results in the disproportionate response which have no basis in law or common sense. The point the authors wish to reinforce is that the public need to challenge such misuse and insist that those responsible justify their official policies, but more importantly change them to reflect reality.

In summary, an amusing and exasperating read, but one that offers useful advice to anyone who has ever wondered, Why? That just doesn't make sense!
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I enjoyed reading this common sense explanation of the misuse of safety rules for imposing restrictions on the public. After 30 years as a health & safety professional (not a box ticker), I heartily endorse the theme of 'ask for the evidence' before accepting new 'safety' rules, especially if they're a knee-jerk reaction to a highly publicised issue. The need to be seen to do something by politicians in response to media (or public minority) pressure is not justification! Life is not risk-free, but the confusion between real safety and fear of litigation will continue to cloud the issue as long as no-win-no-fee claiming for for every little incident is permitted.
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This is a well researched and well written book that all staff engaged on security or any service to the Public should read. It clearly sets out the absurdity of so called security and health and safety of the modern world. It is not a polemic against sensible precautions, the writer is well aware of the way that unions and employers have introduced polices and procedures that mean that we are all far safer from harm in the work place and the design of products which keep us safe, but the book does raise important issues about the 'theatre of security' which blight everyone's lives imposed often by unthinking staff. The book asks us to challenge the assumptions and wrong headed logic about why these rules are imposed, not by having a rant at the poor souls who are often as uncomfortable about imposing the ridiculous policies as you are about abiding with them, but by a sensible dialogue with the people who insist on them from the back office.
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Takes a sensible view of Health and Safety - like salt, a little necessary for health, some makes food taste better but to much kills you.

Points out how a good deal of Health and Safety is pure, unscientific, drivel pulled from the thin air. That its actually - well - unsafe. Unsafe as well as boring and unnecessary limiting / expensive. It also empowers and is driven by lawyers, government type officials and other pen pushing, over glorified, parasites.

Provides examples of such lunacy. Points out that officials are often more than keen to escape doing their jobs so use 'elf and safety' as the great 'get out of jail free card' and how to challenge them when you suspect they are doing just that - all without making a mad fool of yourself.

Very good read.
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It puts to bed some of those myths most of us tend to believe. Very informative and if I had the time or energy I might as suggested in the book challenge some of the rules that are not as mandatory as some establishments/ authorities would have us believe.
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Brilliant. Shows us what stupid rules are in force that are meant to be for our health and safety. Being a lifelong cynic myself, I often question the reason behind some rules but like the author, I never get a satisfactory answer either. Many of the illustrations in the book prove that we are often bamboozled by authority.
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By Jood TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 July 2014
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“Elf and Safety” has long been ridiculed for being over cautious and part of the Nanny state; in the wake of 9/11 the world has gone Health and Safety crazy – but are all the restrictions, particularly in airports really necessary? Well it appears to be “security theatre” – in other words, these measures have to be seen to be taken in order that people will feel safe. The authors quote the stupidity of a rule which confiscates a butter knife from a pilot, but allows, if not encourages, passengers to board a plane clutching bottles of duty free alcohol which could be turned into Molotov cocktails! They have dissected the rules and the reasons and found that despite unbelievably vast amounts of money, no bombs have been found on passengers travelling on planes, nor have the materials to make explosives ever been found. Experiments have been carried out o determine whether or not certain explosives could possibly be made on a plane – the answer is a decisive No, yet still the rules are in place. Anything that is even slightly connected to a gun is confiscated – from a T-shirt bearing a drawing of a gun to a teeny tiny plastic gun attached to a teeny tiny toy soldier. Rules is Rules seem to be the overriding order of the day, as common sense and logic fly out the window.

There are chapters dealing with different issues – photographers being banned from taking photographs of their own children playing football. Children having to be supervised at swimming pools, and the extraordinary lengths one mother went to get the rules changed. Road and rail safety: after the Clapham Junction rail crash (1988), fares increased, apparently to pay for improved safety measures. The following year there was a substantial increase in road traffic – this in turn resulted in more road injuries and deaths.
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