Yes, its that time of the month where the most audacious and batty stories are plucked out from the newspapers and shared.

Lunch time
A little five year old at Dunston primary school is having grave problems during his lunch hour. He has a hypersensitivity eating disorder, whereby, he cannot eat anything with lumps in it. He can only eat mashed potato, yoghurt and custard at meal times. The primary school are unable to prepare his food the way he needs and he is not allowed to bring it in a thermal flask due to health and safety reasons. Every lunch hour is mum has to take time out of her busy day to bring his food into the school for him to eat at lunchtimes. His mum says that a simple thing like allowing him to bring in his thermal flask with food would make things a lot easier. The school authorities are saying they will try to resolve the problem at the beginning of the new term.

The rail worker
A pensioner in a wheelchair somehow managed to fall onto the tracks at Southend central station. The elderly lady, in her 70s was stranded on the tracks. One of the station staff (using his initiative and quick action), decided to help her off the tracks. The station staff member, along with three people decided to haul the wheel chair bound lady off the tracks. And then the member of staff was fired.  A hearing then took place and the employee re-instated. He had been suspended because his duty was to stop the trains rather than going to the aid of passengers. The railway company spokesman explained this was to protect the safety of all involved, including those on the track aiding the passenger. Good point.

The drive through
A Lady in her 70s was told she couldn’t drive her mobility scooter through McDonalds’ in Bedhampton for health and safety reasons. HSE applauded the lady who challenged the ban and have said they get hundreds of similar cases of misuse of ‘health and safety’ every year. Some of these cases are just excuses and mask the real reasons for this action. One reason might be fear of getting sued or fear of the unknown…

Highland row
The Battle of Bannockburn commemoration events, which will take place next year, marks the 700th anniversary of Robert the Bruce’s victory over the English in 1314. The festival is expected to attract thousands of people and to go on for 3 days. An essential component of the highland dress worn is the weaponary. The weapons are called sgian dubhs and have sharp blades. Those involved have been told that sharp objects will not be permitted into the arena, on health and safety grounds. There are many imitation versions of these weapons used at these events. However, it has been reported that it is looked on as an aburb thing to prohibit wearing what is recognised an essential component of Highland dress. What would Robert the Bruce say?

The laughing baby
In a cafe in Chippen-ham, Wilts, a mother was approached by an off-duty health and safety officer and told to silence her baby. The baby was 11 months old from laughing too loudly. After complaints, his mum was told that he was making a racket of “very high on the decibels limit” and so annoying everybody. The kid was not crying but laughing with excitement and happiness. The mum has said she will not be returning to the cafe again and said that the baby has as much right to be happy as anybody else.

Knitting madness
The women’s institute members were told they couldn’t give away a knitted village craft to sick kids because of health and safety reasons. The impressive artwork which includes  houses, trees and animals was painstakingly made with the intension of giving it to a children’s hospital. The 6ft by 4ft textile settlement  took many months to make. Around 30 members of Sidford chipped in. The reason why it cannot be accepted as a gift is because the soft materials of the construction cannot be sterilised. The group are at a loss as to what to do with it.



Sources   derbyshire times    itv   portsmouth   stirling observer   dailystar   sidmouth herald

The Bench
In Salisbury, elderly residents in a sheltered housing accommodation have been told that they cannot use outside furniture to sit on. One resident has been told to remove his bench outside his flat; he can no longer enjoy the sun on it. The reason being, is that, it takes up two foot of the six foot walkway and is posing a health and safety hazard, says the locality manager for housing. Despite the fact there is also grass to walk on and four foot of pavement for residents to get by surrounding the bench. The resident is baffled by this decision because he says there are other walkways on the complex that are narrowerer than this one. Also, his neighbour has been told to remove his table and two chairs from outside his first floor flat. He says that the table and chairs have been there for 16 years, that is, since he moved in, and, that there has never been an accident. Another resident was told to stop parking his mobility scooter outside his home. The reason the managers wanted the bench removed in the first place was because they say it could impede the safe evacuation of residents in the event of fire.

The half dressed shoppers
In Tiverton, Devon, loads of scantily-clad women and shirtless men went to the Tesco store to stock up on booze and barbecue foods during one of the hot days we’ve had. However, local customers in the store filed a complaint saying they didn’t want to see beer bellies and bare feet. This branch of Tesco has since decided to impose a strict dress code, citing health and safety reasons. The reason was that they didn’t want shirtless customers droping sweat onto the fresh fruit and vegetables. People now need to wear t-shirts and footwear in the store. Customers have been told about the new rules and there are now signposts in the shop windows. In the past, Tesco has lauched a similiar crackdown, where customers have been banned from wearing their pyjamas to a store in Cardiff… why customers would come in with their pyjamas??

The Mermaid
A local of Fishhawk Ranch, Florida, wears a custom-made silicon mermaid suit in the local pool. It amuses everyone to see her flapping her tail in the pool and she is happy to entertain the kids. However, she has been told by the Council she cannot wear her outfit in the pools as it poses a health and safety issue. She is protesting the decision, saying her tail is not made of hard plastic and cannot come off.

The Trampoline
Health and Safety chiefs have ordered a mother to insure her daughters’ trampoline for £3M in case anyone fell off it. The mum installed the toy in her back garden as a present for her two year old daughter. The Asda trampoline does have a safety net secured around it. However, a clipboard-wielding inspector, doing a routine check on the block of flats where the mum and daughter live, spotted the trampoline, told her to take it down or insure it for £3million. The inspector said other children might sneak onto it unsupervised and then injure themselves. The mum has since taken the trampoline down and is searching for insurance, knowing the premiums would be laughable. The only places that sell this type of insurance are theme parks.

The Conkers
It has been reported that children have been asked to wear safety googles when playing with conkers. Also, children partaking in sack races have been banned to do so, due to health and safety reasons. All a bit of madness. Children can and will get hurt, there is a risk to everything, but taking the fun away from life is just sad.

MI5 is recruiting for a new health and safety executive, but they cannot tell you much about the job as it’s top secret. They want somebody to ensure their spies are working in a safe environment. To protect national security, applications are told nothing about the buildings, locations or exact nature of the job in the application process. On the spy agency’s website, it says it will be London based with some UK travel.


Sources   salisbury journal   daily mail   telegraph

The two steps

It has been reported that a retired sales worker has had to pay a private firm £250 a time to transport his frail 95 year old aunt to hospital. It has been reported that the NHS has refused to transport her. Reason being is that her transportation is posing a health and safety hazard. The hazard is a couple of small steps at the end of the garden path to her house, whereby they would have to transfer her over them. She needs to be stretchered or carried in a chair in and out of her house for her regular trips to her local psycho-geriatric hospital in the Wales area. She weighs 6st 9lb. For the first year and a half of the transportation everything worked ok and she was being transferred over the two steps without problems. However, earlier this year things changed when an ambulance man refused to take her. The reason being was that there were three steps leading to the house and it couldn’t be managed with a wheelchair. He said it would require three men and a stretcher. What had happened was that a senior ambulance man had arrived with a camera and a tape measure to measure the steps. So the elderly lady could now not be transferred to her respite care. So, the nephew, who cared for his aunt, was in no doubt that he would have to seek alternative methods of transportation for his aunt. But some confusion has been reported, apparently the NHS ambulance did a “dry run” and successfully transported the elderly lady to her home and they said then that subsequent scheduled transportations were cancelled, where, no doubt, the services of a private ambulance firm were brought in. All a bit strange…

The Lollipop man

A lollipop man has been told by his local council to stop high-fiving pupils due to health and safety fears. The 64 year old who works at a primary school in Berkshire has been warned that this friendly hand slap is ‘dangerous’. The parents are on the lollipops’ man’s side saying the council’s view is crazy. Bracknell Council has reported that kids that stop to high-five with the lollipop man as they cross the road could put their lives in danger. They could have a point…

The Grass

It has been reported that a head teacher cancelled a sports day primary school event due to due on the grass (pardon the pun!). She texted the parents to tell them that the grass was wet and that the event needed to be rescheduled. However, a spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive has said there is no legislation to stop kids playing around on damp grass. They continued to say that the school should give the real reason as to why the event has been cancelled without using the tired old excuse of blaming it on ‘health and safety’. It has been reported that the sports day event for the 3 and 5 year olds did go ahead but the one for the early years didn’t. The head teacher said the grass was very wet and dangerous for the very young ones and that was why it was being rescheduled. The head teacher may have been right…

The Doormat

Tenants have been asked to remove their doomats because they are pose a health and safety risk. Tenants in the Yorkshire flat said the decision by the council was ‘ridiculous’. It has been claimed that residents that do not remove their doormats will be issued a legal letter from the Council. As a result of a fire safety assessment, the doormats are a potential obstruction in case of an emergency. The case is ongoing…

The Beach

According to a parent in Swanzea, children were not allowed to paddle in the sea, despite the fact that we are experiencing a heat wave. Children arrived at the beach on a school trip and were told by their teachers that the sea was out of bounds due to ‘health and safety’. The kids were very disappointed. One parent went on to say that the kids could have been supervised for a paddle in small groups: it was a boiling hot day and the kids had no way of cooling off. However, there has been a dispute over these claims, including some parent and teachers arguing that a swim had never been part of the trip, the school trip was all about exploring the wildlife on the beach. Somebody obviously felt the need to complain…


It has been reported that even the Health and Safety Executive’s £57million HQ in Bootle, Liverpool has sustained its fair share of  ‘accidents’. One worker was bruised by a falling toilet roll holder. Another suffered an electric shock unplugging a vacuum cleaner. Another sustained a back injury from lifting files of evidence. The list goes on…

Hanging Baskets

Health and Safety zealots have removed the hanging baskets from a picturesque bridge in Shropshire. They said that these floral displays posed a health and safety risk. Structural engineers recommended the flowers were removed because they could fall on the canoeists paddling underneath the bridge. But residents have complained. It has also been reported that there is a fault in the railing and the baskets could drop. In high winds the baskets were seen to be swinging to and fro. But local residents and canoeists are saying that this is overkill and that the chances of being hit by some kid throwing a stone on the bridge was higher than a basket falling down. A resident has said it is a real shame because the flowers look amazing when they are in full bloom.

The Florist

A florist has been asked by her local council to remove her plant pots outside her shop as they posed a health and safety risk. Her shop is in a quiet side street. She was told the pavement outside her shop in Shropshire needs to be clear so that pedestrians could pass. But she argued that hardly no traffic comes down the street anyway and that most people walk on the road as it is so narrow. The footpath is too narrow and isn’t even big enough for a wheel chair. Its a market town and this florist thrives on being able to showcase here plants and flowers.


Sources    wales on line    parent dish    this is south wales   the telegraph    the sun    SWNS   uk news




The big cheese…

Leicester or Gorgonzola? …whatever your fancy, you cannot have a piece to big, according to Gloucestershire law enforcement. Organisers of the annual cheese rolling event that has been held for 200 years on the Whitsun Bank Holiday in May in the town of Brockworth, Gloucestershire has been asked not to go ahead. The event entails ‘chasers’ running after 12 inch cheeses rolling down a hill, the first to the bottom wins the cheese. Everything was going fine, until, this year the 86 year old lady who makes the cheeses, was warned that she would be liable for any injuries suffered by those running after her cheeses. She was warned by 3 police officers who came to her door. She was warned not to give the event any cheese. The annual event consists of five races, three for men, one for women and one safer uphill one for children. The official race has stopped since 2009 but a group of rebels still race each year. This year rebels staged their own cheese rolling unofficial event. A lightweight piece of foam was used instead of cheese this year, but exactly how this made it safer is unclear, as the ‘danger’ is running down the hill after the cheese, not the cheese itself. The lady who traditionally supplies the cheese every year, was warned not to partake due to health and safety fears and liability to her if there were any injuries. Competitors travelled from all parts of the world this year, ie Australia and the US to take part in this traditional cheesing event. Eventhough there was a large police presence at Cooper’s Hill, the event still took place as planned but without the cheese.

The floats…

It has been reported that the July carnival celebration floats in Gloucester are being banned this year due to health and safety fears. There are fears that the huge floats will make the carnival more dangerous. A few carnival groups, having already made their floats, have had to pull out. People are saying it is just too much red tape.

The sock…

Staying in Gloucester, kids at a primary school have been banned from wearing frilly socks in case they trip over. Kingsholm Primary School banned the wearing of them after one youngster toppledd over. Since then the school has renewed its uniform policy and said that the frill should now be no more than 3cm. Parents are seemingly defying the ban.

The fish…

It has been reported that a member of staff at the fish counter at Waitrose refused to filled a trout because the fish was “too slippery” and was a hazard according to health and safety at the store. But when the customer complained to the Health and Safety Executive, it was ruled that the customer was right –  slippery fish are a fact of life. The customer wanted a filleted trout. None were available pre-packed so she asked the assistant behind the counter to fillet some from a whole fish. It was then that the supervisor stepped in and stopped the filleting due to the fish being too slippery. There was another incident where a butcher refused to bone a leg of lamb on health and safety grounds.

Poor kid…

A  kindergarten boy has been suspended from school for 10 days because he showed his friend his cowboy-style cap gun. The kindergartener purchased the toy gun i.e a plastic orange tipped one from a local kids theme park. The five year old was questioned for over 2 hours before they called his mother. What could they have asked him for two hours? Whos your supplier? Who was your target? The little sister was then brought in for questioning. He got suspended for a “possession of a look-alike gun.” The principal then told the mother that if the gun had been loaded with caps it would have been deemed an explosive and the police would have been called in. According to reports the family immediately hired an attorney who is going to appeal the suspension and appeal that the child’s record be cleared.

Some other crazy health and safety stories out there include

  • Pub workers not being allowed to give plasters to members of the public for fear it may cause an allergic reaction
  • Sports day sack races being banned
  • Pins being replaced on commemorative poppies with very difficult to use alternatives
  • School yard games being restricted to foam balls


Sources    dailymail    this gloucestershire    the sun    training zone    daily caller

The custard pie

The town of Bakewell, in Derbyshire, is famous for its cherry topped custard pie. There had been a custard scrap planned for June 9, which was scheduled to close the Bakewell Baking Festival. The sport was to be named the ‘Mr Darcy Pie Fight’ in tribute to Jane Austen. The event was been staged in honour of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s novel. The game involved two teams, each protecting their own ‘Mr Darcy’. However, this custard pie event has been cancelled because nobody will insure against this sport. The event has been described as ‘too dangerous’ and no insurer will consider it. How could a few pies and paper plates really be that dangerous…

The village tree

In Keelby, Lincolnshire, there is a 25ft Hawthorn tree, that might get the chop. Even though it is a 400 year old village landmark, parish councilors want to get it cut down because children “might” injure themselves climbing it, even though no injuries have been reported. There have, however, been a number of accidents on the climbing frame in the village. But the parish councilors are not removing that. Residents are furious, as this tree does not pose a threat. Part of a child’s development is climbing, and parents have said this “brings them closer to the natural world”. However, the parish council have reported that the tree would have to go because of “health and safety” concerns…

The tie

A 13 year old boy was made to take his lessons in isolation because his tie breached health and safety rules. The school-goer wanted to wear a real tie, rather than the clip on version. When he refused he was told to do his lessons in isolation away from the other kids. The boy said he would rather wear a real tie than the “childish” clip on one. Needless to say, the dress code at that school is currently under review…

The gym

A poster, for one of the biggest gyms in the UK, included a message to all male members that hairdryers could only be used for drying hair and nothing else. The gym poster reads “Due to health and safety could you please use the hairdryers to dry your head-hair only. Please do not use the hair dryers to dry your whole body, we do provide towels for this”. A gym member reported this “amusing” sign as he thought he was breaking all kinds of company regulations…

The cupcake

Gleadless Primary School in Sheffield issued a notice that parents who were donating cakes and buns to the Christmas fair must hold a food and hygiene certificate. One dad had said this was “absolutely bonkers”. The head teacher had sent out this notice but a council spokesman had said it really only applied to contractors who catered for events. In the light of this feedback, the guidance will be reviewed and commonsense would prevail…

The school race

West Dunbartonshire Council banned a legendary figure from firing his pistol at a school race. They said that due to health and safety reasons the noise of the pistol could frighten the kids. One parent said this was “ludicrous”.



Sources   the daily mail   express    parent dish   the telegraph 


In an Ulverston supermarket, staff were asked to take packets of nuts off the shelves – because they may contain nuts. Packets of Whole Hearted Roasted Monkey Nuts have had to be withdrawn because they didn’t have a label on them saying that  they may contain peanuts. Peanuts are monkey nuts roasted! But the argument was that this product was a health risk to those who are allergic to peanuts. Nuff’ said.


A cat is currently alive and well in a Stratford-upon-Avon’s Royal Mail sorting office. This cat has been great company for post men working there for the past five years. Recently, the post men were told by managers that the cat had to go. This decision has been described by one of the post men as being “pathetic”. A cat sanctuary had being sourced and there was worries of a transport cage arriving at reception. The new area manager at the post office had decided that the cat had to go; this sparked a Facebook campaign ‘Save Our Cat’ – nearly 1000 people have joined this protest. It has been reported that Stratford residents visited the sorting office with supplies of cat food. However, the latest is that the cat is still prowling the premises and the cat cage has mysteriously disappeared.


In a Burnham clinic a mum was left in tears after she was told she couldn’t bring her baby pram into the clinic due to health and safety reasons. It has not been revealed as to what the exact health and safety breach was, but, it caused much distress to this mum. She brought two of her toddlers to be weighted at the clinic and when she arrived she was told to leave the push chair outside. She suffers from a back condition and finds it hard to carry two children all at once and for long periods. She was not aware she had breached health and safety at the clinic. It is unclear as to what the problem was. Maybe the pushchair was a tripping hazard? Was it not more dangerous for her to carry two kids unaided??

Tooth picks

A man in Derbyshire was told in a hotel restaurant that he couldn’t have a tooth pick because he might stab himself. He said: ‘I’m a grown adult – I’ll take the risk.”


Scientists are working on a genetic engineering project to develop a health and safety cow that has no horns. This is to prevent injuring farmers and walkers. Techniques are currently being researched to create a dairy cow without horns. At first read this might have seen a ludicrous story,  but many farmers have to burn off the horn buds off calves and this can be very painful for the animals. Cattle are among the most dangerous livestock so this is actually a good idea.


The Hertfordshire Probation Trust had supplied a Volunteer with offenders to help pick up rubbish. However, this Volunteer who was organising the offenders to pick up rubbish, was asked for a risk assessment and a public liability insurance certificate. All just to pick up litter. He is reported to have said this is “bonkers”.

Rock cakes

A mum and daughter were raising cash to attend a park Easter egg hunt. They were unexpectedly interrupted from their fundraising by a health inspector. The couple selling the rock cakes were asked if they had completed a risk assessment form and where was their public liability insurance? The interrogation was prolonged when they had to fill out loads of risk forms about who had booked the cakes and the hygiene during the cooking process. One of the women said that the Easter egg hunt in the park was the first time they were targeted in five years.


The head of a prep school in Sussex will tell the Boarding Schools’ Association that he will encourage children to climb trees despite some health and safety risk. He urged that health and safety rules will not stop children at his school having fun.

Star Trek

“Star Trek Into Darkness” star Benedict Cumberbatch has admitted that one of his co-stars managed to trick him into covering his face with sun tan lotion to protect from ‘dangerous’ lasers. Benedict presumed that the technology on set posed a health and safety threat. Benedict got on set and was told to wear “neutron cream” to protect himself. Unbeknownst to him, there was no danger and it was a prank carried out by the staff on set. Despite being fooled, Benedict took it all humorously, and explained he really didn’t know. There could have been a genuine health and safety risk.



Sources   Maldon Standard   Daily Mail   Telegraph   the Sun   NWEmail   Stratford Herald   Express   Mirror

Case 1  The Innocent Daffodil dancing no more

In Pevensey Green, the flower beds are under scrutiny. There is a bed of daffodils where their bulbs are being protected by tiny sticks in the ground, this is usual for new baby flowers. Health and Safety officials have ordered that these little wooden sticks be removed because they might endanger lives. But the locals are not happy because they had spend many years cultivating the daffodil flower bed. No longer can one “wander lowly as a cloud…”

Case 2  Black Beauty runs away

It is been reported that there are some ridiculous suggestions in the pipeline for working underneath horses. One such suggestion is the wearing of gloves and safety glasses when taking shoes off horses. Also, it is reported that,  one should rope a cordon around the working area when showing a horse, and put up a sign “Danger, horses being shod”. This advise was given to a class of students from a health and safety advisor from Germany. Not sure what the UK take is on this one. One apprentice farrier had replied to these ridiculous requests by saying that”…one thing that did occur to him is how the glasses and gloves would help him when a small gust of wind blow the “danger” sign over, spooked the horse, which then trampled him on its way to getting caught up in the cordon!”

Case 3 The BBC does a risk assessment on East Enders

The actors on the East Enders set were given a nine page report outlining the health and safety risks of working with sheep and a dog that was hired for a scene. These animals were to be part of a storyline shot in Cassiobury Park, Watford. The cast were warned how to handle “Duffie” the dog who starred in the scene, however, the risk assessment went way beyond that of the dog. Quotes from the report include “‘Animals can cause injury, by bites, scratches, stings, kicking or crushing; infection or infestation from micro-organisms or parasites…’ and there was a risk of miscarriage in pregnant workers because of harmful organisms on animals, ‘especially sheep’. Maybe they have a point.

Case 4  Herbie wouldn’t like this

It has been reported that the staff at a firm Alderley, near Yate, all received an email  telling them that, from now on, they will have to reverse their cars into their parking spaces. Staff must now park their cars facing the same direction ie reverse park. This rule resulted in amusement and anger by some of the staff. But, management has argued that this system will improve pedestrian safety. The company denied a claim made online that the directive was issued to “make the car park look as neat as possible”, instead saying it is for health and safety reasons to reverse park. The HSE has said this is “ridiculous”. Maybe they wanted to “make the car park look as neat as possible”?

Case 5   The Rock band quenches their fire

The rock band, Muse, were furious after been told to scale down their act at the 02 Arena, due to health and safety reasons. They originally planned for around 50 fireworks to be shot out in the direction of the audience – until the spoilsports, ie the local council bosses, told them they couldn’t do this. Now, they are only allowed to fire out one fifth of the multi-colored rockets. Other entertainments at the 02 include the band, One Direction, because of them, an extra 20 security personnel had to be hired to guard the red carpet celebs because there might be a “frantic stage stampede by hordes of screaming girls.” Things could get out of hand.

Case 6   Baby Jude cannot have warm milk

Staff at a baby weighing clinic at Thamesmead barred a new mum from heating up her baby son’s bottle. This was due to health and safety fears, reported the staff there. As there was a queue in the baby weighing clinic when she arrived, Mum had to wait at least half hour, and, of course baby’s bottle would have been cold by then. After been refused to be allowed to warm little Judes milk he started to scream the place down. She was forced to take the baby home and come back later. He didn’t like cold milk. As it is a BABY weighing clinic you would think they would have some facilities for warming bottles as there are mostly babies there!


Sources:  express    horse and hound   daily mail  south west business   mirror  this is local london

The tree lights

According to a UK Newspaper, a £10,500 electronic Christmas tree in County Durham had to be taken down due to the risk of somebody being electrocuted. The LED-tree had to be guarded overnight because of its 240v rating. This was particularly concerning as guidelines suggested a maximum voltage for an unsupervised public display of just 24v.

Looking closer to home, your tree lights should, of course, be tested by the manufacturer to comply with recognised standards  e.g. BS Kitemark. A visual scan for damaged wires or broken bulbs should be made. Of course, don’t put the tree near a water or heat source ie electric kettles or radiators.  And don’t use indoor lights outdoors. And keep the kids away. Avoid trailing flexes and overloaded sockets. Injuries include people falling while they’re putting them up, children swallowing the bulbs, and people getting electric shocks.

Maybe you shouldn’t go this far with your lights….gives one a headache…might cause cars to crash!

The tree itself

If not natural, the tree should be flame retardant. If you use a freshly cut tree, which you have standing in water, be careful to separate the bottom from any artificial lights on its branches.

According to the NHS, more than 80,000 people a year need hospital treatment for injuries such as falls, cuts and burns during Christmas time. Beware of your Christmas tree. That Norwegian spruce is not as innocent as it looks. Every year, about 1,000 people are injured by their tree, usually while fixing decorations, lights on to the higher branches.

Even Christmas decorations can cause accidents

About 1,000 people a year are hurt when decorating their homes. Children bite into glass baubles and adults fall while using unstable chairs instead of ladders to put up streamers…

Novelty decorations, such as stuffed Santas, reindeer and snowmen, which look like toys, may not comply with strict toy safety regulations. Therefore, they should not be within the reach of children.

Sources: NHS, RoSPA



Scenario 1
A Bar refused to let customer carry tray of drinks because they had not been ‘health and safety trained’?!
HSE replies  “The suggestion that special training is needed for a customer to use a tray to carry drinks/food in a restaurant is patently ridiculous. There is no occupational health and safety legislation which requires customers to be trained to do something which they are likely to do regularly in their own homes.”

Scenario 2
A Perth & Kinross school have been told that they cannot display children’s work on windows using “Blu Tack” due to Health and Safety concerns. It is claimed that a chemical in the Blu Tack may combine with a chemical in the glass to make it shatter.
HSE replies “Whatever the reason for banning the use of Blu Tack it is not on health and safety grounds. The manufacturer’s website makes clear that the product can be used on glass…”

Scenario 3
A charity shop has said that they cannot sell knitting needles for health and safety reasons.
HSE replies ” There are no health and safety regulations which apply to sale/re-sale of knitting needles and the panel can see no legitimate health and safety reason which could justify this decision. We urge the charity to reconsider its decision and at least come clean on the real reason for its decision.”

Scenario 4
A local public hall has removed knives from the hall kitchen on the grounds of health and safety
HSE replies “There is no health and safety regulation banning knives from kitchens in public halls. Banning knives from kitchens is neither sensible nor proportionate.”

Scenario 5
The enquirer claims that a hotel chain does not provide floor towels for stepping out of the bath/shower due to ‘Health and Safety’. The reason given was that ‘you could slip over’.
HSE replies ” There is no health and safety regulation which prevents hotels from providing bath mats or towels in bathrooms. It would be much better if the hotel chain explained the real reasons for their decision, rather than pretending it is motivated by concerns about health and safety.”

Scenario 6
The complainant queried whether a risk assessment was necessary to serve tea at a school fete??
HSE replies ” ..There is no need to do a separate risk assessment for serving tea.”

Scenario 7
The enquirer had read a press story where it appears that a Health Trust had decided to withdraw ‘metal paper fasteners’ from use. This decision appeared to be based on an incident where a worker injured their finger.
 HSE replies ” There is no health and safety legislation that bans the use of metal paper fasteners…”

Scenario 8
A Museum cafeteria refused to serve a five year old a dippy (ie; soft-boiled) egg on the grounds of “Health and Safety”.
HSE replies ” Whatever the reason for the museum’s decision not to serve “dippy” (ie; soft-boiled) eggs, it would be better if they were transparent about this, rather than incorrectly justifying the decision on health and safety grounds.”

Scenario 9
A school production, contributing to students GCSE exams was not going ahead because the lighting operator had not had attended a fixed ladder training course
HSE replies ” This is not a proportionate or sensible decision and is an unnecessarily rigid interpretation of working at height regulations…”

Scenario 10
Concert-goers were banned from taking umbrellas into an outdoor JLS concert – because they posed a health and safety risk
HSE replies “This clearly was not a health and safety issue in spite of the claims made by the organisers. If umbrellas really were a health and safety risk they would need to be banned in busy high streets and the like…”