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In the Interests of Safety The Absurd Rules That Blight Our Lives and How We Can Change Them by Tracey Brown, Michael Hanlon
  

In the Interests of Safety The Absurd Rules That Blight Our Lives and How We Can Change Them

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It’s not just our own country beset by red tape and “Elf and Safety”, it’s a global phenomenon. Tracey Brown and Michael Hanlon point out the most absurd of these rules and regulations, showing who is responsible for this regulation creep and how to campaign and complain against it.

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Who is Sue Baker

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This book comes with a warning: ‘Caution: Papercuts!’ Evidently the authors find the avalanche of absurd safety rules and regulations that blight our daily lives as frustrating and senseless as the rest of us; but they are fighting back with the only weapon the ordinary citizen has to hand – common sense. After taking a long hard look at the safety and security measures that have been imposed upon us by officious bureaucrats and nanny-state regulators, Hanlon and Brown have concluded that few, if any, of these intrusive and restricting regulations have actually made our world or workplace any safer. It appears that we are being guided out of danger that we never knew we were in and protected from threats that we didn’t know existed. Moreover, they question whose interests they serve. A timely and well-argued reminder that there are some rules made to be broken.
~ Paul Roland

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In the Interests of Safety The Absurd Rules That Blight Our Lives and How We Can Change Them by Tracey Brown, Michael Hanlon

Can a mobile phone really cause a major explosion at a gas station? And is there really a good reason why you should be be prevented from swimming in a lake more than a foot deep? These rules exist, and they exist in the name of our own protection. But in this engrossing dissection of global health, safety and security regulations, authors Tracey Brown and Michael Hanlon dig a little deeper to discover the real reasons behind many of the instructions we obey without questioning their creators' motives. Their conclusions range from the startling to the staggering, and in presenting them the authors seek to empower readers to question the people and organisations who come up with them in the first place.

About the Author

Michael Hanlon is a London-based science journalist and author who writes regularly for national newspapers as well as The Spectator and New Scientist. Michael is the author of five popular science books, including: The Science of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Ten Questions Science Can't Answer Yet and Eternity: Our Next Billion Years. Michael has participated in a gorilla rescue in Congo, become thoroughly lost in central Borneo and experienced a zero-gravity astronaut training flight over the Nevada desert. He finally saw the light about climate change after a swim in a melt-water lake a mile up on the Greenlandic icecap. Tracey Brown is the Director of Sense About Science, a charity that campaigns for better evidence in public debate and policy making in the UK, and world-wide through international collaboration. She has led award-winning national campaigns to defend sound research and to stop misleading medical claims and, through Sense About Science, is currently challenging the routine concealment of clinical trial data by medical drug development companies. Tracey has contributed to books and journals on science, policy and the public, including Better Science Communication and comments regularly in newspapers, magazines, events and broadcasts.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st July 2014

Author

Tracey Brown, Michael Hanlon

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Author's Website

www.senseaboutscience.org/p...

Publisher

Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Hardback
288 pages

Categories

Popular science
Health & safety issues

ISBN

9780751553499

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