Health And Safety Gone Mad May Be Not!
Toothpicks removed from the table, beer glasses with handles scrapped and bubbles banned from child's party: Nonsense Health and safety edicts that don't actually exist.
A taskforce was set up to weed out poor use of health and safety laws It investigated 150 cases in its first year.
Bar staff banned from serving pints in traditional handled beer mugs, toothpicks removed from tables, and a six-year-old told she couldn’t have a bubble machine at her party are just an example of some of the bizarre rules imposed under the guise of ‘health and safety’.
A school banned shredded paper in a lucky dip stall, while a hotel said it couldn’t serve burgers rare.
A taskforce set up to weed out poor use of health and safety laws found a host of examples in its first year.
It investigated 150 cases – including a hotel which told a chamber maid she could not make up a cot bed.
The ridiculous bans were revealed by Judith Hackitt, chairman of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who heads a team which looks at cases where ‘health and safety’ is cited for bogus reasons.
She called on those making daft decisions to own up to their real motives.
‘We never cease to be amazed by the cases we consider,’ she said.
‘Why on earth do people think they can get away with banning pint glasses with handles, bubbles at a birthday party, or burgers served anything other than well done, claiming they are a health and safety hazard?
The reality is people hide behind “health and safety” when there are other reasons for what they’re doing – fear of being sued perhaps, or bad customer service. It’s time for them to own up to their real motives.’
She added: ‘We’re helping people to fight back – and I’m delighted to hear of cases of our panel making jobsworths admit they’re wrong.’
The HSE’s panel welcomes examples from the public of the barmy use of health and safety legislation.
“So maybe Health and Safety are not as bad as we all think” says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.