Before I start, let me state that I have great respect for health and safety—both at work and at home—and that maintaining a safe learning environment for students is paramount. This is particularly true for oceanography, where we work with some of the nastier chemicals and with high voltages, all in a boat on a stormy, deep, unstable sea. Let’s face it: if we were to initiate the subject of oceanography from scratch today, it would be banned. But, are we being overcautious to a point where a sense of true risk is no longer being instilled into our new generations of scientists? Is the purpose of health and safety moving from a pragmatic approach to the issue to a paper exercise that not only takes logic away but is more focused on litigation rather than avoiding mishaps?