Looking at the masks I was thinking....so that's what terrorists do on their days off!!
As for health and safety. China has the last laugh. Because of the burden health and safety has on UK manufacturing, it adds to manufacturing costs. I worked at IBM and had a company making some cables for me. They were hacked off because they had lost a contract for monitor cables. With IBM, you were talking millions of cables a year. The Chinese competitor didn't have all the finger guards which were mandatory in the UK. As a result, the operators could crimp contacts closer, hence there was a cost saving in cable, undercutting the local supplier. I'm sure a few Chinese operators lost fingers, but others would be queuing at the door to get a job. There is a hidden cost to health and safety. I'm not saying it's unnecessary, but it's an area where far east manufacturers can and do take advantage.