Health and Safety

Both of these are relative terms. I am in relatively good health, but won’t be running any marathons or partaking of athletic activities of any kind in the foreseeable future. Mostly that’s because I don’t want to – the idea of lifting heavy things that don’t need to be moved or running when nobody is chasing me is just silly. I don’t need to be any stronger or faster than I am now, unless there is an incident involving a falling piano in my future.

Since I’m not particularly musical, that seems unlikely.

As for safety, that is an exceedingly relative term. It is not and should never become an absolute. That’s not possible anyway, and certainly not desirable.

A world in which you are absolutely safe all the time is really just a prison. A solitary confinement in a rubber room. No belts, no sharp objects. That’s the only way to be fully safe and you just know there are people out there who think it’s a good idea.

Sugar is now more dangerous than tobacco. The Coca-Cola truck is now more evil than the drug pusher at the school gates. The relativity here was somehow inverted in the last decade or so. It is insane, but there are those with influence who are also insane and that’s where it comes from.

I have actually seen these people insist on Twitter that Electrofag contains all the same chemicals as tobacco. If it did, it would taste and feel exactly like smoking and every single one of us would have switched by now. Since Electrofag contains no tobacco and doesn’t burn anything, the idea that it produces the same as a cigarette is comical to the point where your underwear is at risk.

Invert the inversions, as suggested by @BuckoTheMoose on Twitter, and smoking is no more dangerous than a fizzy drink. I can go with that. Relatively, on that scale, Electrofag is less dangerous than a glass of water.

There are much more dangerous things to worry about. The 2000+ nuclear explosions we humans have set off in the last 75 years and we’re still playing with those huge fireworks. All that fallout is in the air we breathe and people want to believe that half a gram of burning leaf, 100 metres away, is dangerous? Really?

How about the snooping and controlling laws passed by governments who say they will never misuse them? maybe that government won’t, but what about the next one? Or the one after that? Can’t happen?

Hitler was voted into power. The people handed him control of Germany. He didn’t come to power on a promise to declare war on every country he’d heard of and round up and kill millions of people just because he didn’t like them. Yet that’s what he did.

He had to pass into law his own Enabling Act before he could do it. Imagine if he inherited an Emergency Powers Act from the previous government. How much easier would it have been to take total control then?

Governments insist we must mitigate tiny risks to protect our health and not use the NHS that we’ve paid for, and not risk taking time off work for sickness or injury. That might harm the economy. Yes, the same economy that successive governments have turned into a basket case by spending our money even before they’ve taken it from us.

Yet the governments are the ones creating enabling acts for future power crazed maniacs to use and funding (with our money) weapons that can wipe us all out in an instant. Worse, weapons that gradually poison the entire atmosphere even though they’ve never been fired at anyone. The tests are enough to have that effect.

Don’t nag me about my smoking, drinking or diet. None of these things harm anyone else. The evidence suggests that haven’t really done much to me either. I’m not the one poisoning your atmosphere with radioactive fallout. I’m not the one enacting laws that North Korea haven’t thought of yet. I’m not trying to control anyone else’s life at all.

When you put the real health and safety issues of this world in context, I’m relatively harmless.

14 thoughts on “Health and Safety

  1. Because I rent my house, I recently had an electrician in for three hours or more to make sure the wiring and the appliances left by the landlord ‘comply’ with the SNP’s new safety guidelines.

    Fortunately, he was a nice old fella and even let me video him for a proposed film about the Scottish police state I might make one day. He unscrewed light switch fittings and wall sockets and ceiling lights to check the wiring and all the appliances. He still has to come back to, among other things, put stickers on the cooker, dishwasher, etc. to say that, basically, it is OK with the SNP for me to have these items.

    Fortunately, everything passed the test. Tough if he found that the washing machine or freezer was non-SNP friendly and my landlord refused to buy a new one.

    Like you said, planning in advance was the key. Previously, everyone renting out a house in Scotland had to become a registered landlord. Mine only has this house and so it is not a business, but by making every person letting their house register, it gives the ‘government’ an excuse to stick their noses in. I made my agreement with the landlord; I don’t need a government man spending hours here and I definitely don’t need no stinking badges stuck all over the kitchen.

    Additionally, landlords have to get smoke alarms installed in various places (and a heat-sensitive one in the kitchen) and all wired to the mains and all linked to each other by wire or radio so that they all sound simultaneously.

    I know someone local who was thinking of putting her house on the rental market, but thought it might not be worth it, what with insurance and the danger of bad tenants. The overall effect will be to reduce available houses to let and raise rents. This from the party committed to ignoring the evil Tory’s ‘bedroom tax’.

    All because the SNP cares so very much about us. And I’m a Dutchman.

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    • I rent too. The previous place was PAT tested just as I left. All mobile electrical stuff belonging to the landlord – including the washing machine, fridge and bedside lamp.

      The new place is full of smoke alarms too. Awkward since it has three open fireplaces…

      The SNP are determined to push rents up by adding all the extra costs on to being a landlord. The ultimate aim of course is to have no property ownership in private hands at all. Everyone will pay State rent.

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      • Are they all smoke alarms?

        The chimney sweep we’ve had for the past two decades turned up a few weeks ago and left behind a ‘warning notice’ – apparently, all of a sudden, we need a carbon monoxide detector/alarm because of the open fire.

        It is all, he says, because of the growing trend for installing stoves in houses where measures taken in accordance with the recent energy-saving regulations have drastically reduced the draughts that once ventilated every British dwelling (and still whistle through our house on cold evenings).

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  2. H & S figures quite highly in my profession. Some years back, we were told not to smoke on site by a H & S idiot. No, we don’t work in gas installations or replace fuel tanks at filling stations. We undertake surveys on green field sites (basically farmland for the most part). Anyway, apparently a gas main extended across part of the site and there were concerns that a discarded match or butt might spark it off (something that is buried several metres deep mind). Strange there was no mention that it’s probably best not to smoke within 10 feet of any site vehicles.

    I used to farm in an earlier incarnation. One the highlights of the year, probably THE highlight, was being let loose with a box of matches and pitchfork in a 20 acre field of straw trails/stubble. I can confirm that, with ‘ideal’ wind conditions, fire can move quicker than a man can run (regularly got home from work looking like a cross between Al Jolson and a lobster). And not once did we set fire to the high pressure aviation fuel line that crossed some of the land (phew – never realised just how close I come to causing total devastation).

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    • I remember the burning off of the stubble. No longer allowed, as I understand it, due to the carbon emissions as it burns – because every climate scientist knows there aren’t exactly the same emissions when it eventually rots 😉

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  3. Just going off topic a bit … My eldest grandson and I on a trip north of the border during his half term visited RSS Discovery at Discovery Point in Dundee. Came away with one of their guide books which I have just got around to reading.

    In the section on Preparations & Provisions it states “As almost every man smoked, tobacco was vital so 1,000 lbs of the pernicious weed (notice they had to get that dig in) was duly stowed.”

    I don’t seem to remember many deaths from lung cancer or secondary smoking recorded in any of Scott’s expeditions, or Discovery’s later voyages. Strange that? As I should imagine it was a continous fug of second hand smoke below decks.

    Of course they didn’t have Health, Safety & Enviroment Officers sailing with them!


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