No to commercialisation of HSE: a letter from Hazards

14 October 2014

Dear all


Tell the incoming HSE chief executive, Dr Richard Judge,

‘our health and safety is not for sale!’

Below is a ‘Don’t pimp our watchdog!’ letter we would like you sign and send to Dr Richard Judge. The incoming Health and Safety Executive (HSE) chief executive, a member of the Institute of Directors, is due to take up his post in November and was hand-picked to ‘commercialise’ our health and safety watchdog.

If you also think this is a terrible idea, all you have to do is type your name and organisation at the bottom, and send the letter (with this explanatory note removed) to

You can also print it off, sign and post it to the HSE.

Best wishes. Hilda Palmer, The Hazards Campaign

See our campaign materials at:




For the attention of
Dr Richard Judge

Incoming HSE chief executive

Health and Safety Executive
Redgrave Court

Merton Road


L20 7HS


Dear Richard


I would like to welcome you to your new job.


I know when you take up the reins in November, you’ve been tasked with ‘commercialising’ the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).


But I think the government’s workplace safety regulator should be using its legal powers, people and skills to protect us at work, not flogging its services to all comers to fill a government-imposed funding gap.


Please don’t pimp our watchdog. HSE should be saving lives, not selling out.


I would like to help you improve HSE’s lifesaving work, so feel free to get in touch.


Best wishes




Our health and safety is not for sale *


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