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Category: Health and safety myths

Ban on throwing mortar boards is a tired health and safety myth

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A number of media outlets have reported today (Wednesday 18 May 2016) that a university plans to ban their students  from throwing mortar boards in the air on graduation day for health and safety reasons. HSE has provided a response to this age-old myth:

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Case 396 – Cafe refuses to sell untoasted fruit bread

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A supermarket cafe refused to sell a packet of fruit bread on health and safety grounds as the customer didn’t want it toasted.

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Case 395 – Supermarket bans foldaway bicycle from store

Friday, April 15, 2016

A supermarket banned a customer from taking a folding bicycle into store for health and safety reasons.

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Case 394 – Swimming pool tumble turn ban

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Freestyle lane tumble turns have been banned from a council run swimming pool for health and safety reasons.

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Case 393 – Library restricts the charging of laptops on health and safety grounds

Friday, April 8, 2016

A council run library will not permit users to plug laptop cables into electrical sockets because they perceive this practice to be a trip hazard, coupled with the potential risk faulty charger plugs may present.

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Case 392 – Coffee shop refuses use of high chair without a harness

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A coffee shop informed a customer they could not put their child in one of the available high chairs as it did not have a harness in place.

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Case 391 – Gym reduces opening hours due to health and safety

Thursday, March 24, 2016

A gym reduced its 24/7 opening hours by closing overnight, citing health and safety as the reason for the decision.

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Case 390 – Undertaker tells family deceased cannot be placed in coffin wearing shoes

Friday, March 11, 2016

A family arranging a funeral were told by the undertaker that health and safety regulations prevent the wearing of shoes in a coffin by the deceased.

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Case 389 – Tequila shot salt and lemon ban

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Bar manager refused to serve salt and lemon with tequila shots to customers in a club due to health and safety.

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Case 388 – Refuse collectors Christmas hat ban

Friday, January 15, 2016

Refuse collection workers in Colchester were banned from wearing Christmas hats or anything Christmassy on the grounds of health and safety.

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Case 387 – Gym users filling personal water bottles from communal dispenser

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A customer at a gym made a complaint about other gym users filling up their personal water bottles from a communal water cooler rather than using the disposable cups provided. The customer stated that this was against health and safety regulations as germs could be spread.

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Case 386 – Cafe unable to heat up mince pies

Friday, December 11, 2015

A supermarket cafe told a customer that they are unable to heat up the mince pies they serve for health and safety reasons.

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Case 385 – School bus separates boys and girls to comply with health and safety

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A bus company providing contracted service to a school stated that they separated boys and girls on their school bus in order to comply with health and safety regulations.

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Case 384 – Lollipop lady banned from waving at cars

Friday, November 20, 2015

A school lollipop lady is banned from waving at cars by her bosses after a complaint by a member of the public.

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Case 383 – Odd-job person not allowed to change light bulbs

Friday, November 20, 2015

A management company advised that an odd-job person is not permitted to change light bulbs as the company would only be protected from negligence when this job is carried out by a competent electrician.

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Let’s hope common sense prevails, says HSE

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A story published online this morning (17 November 2015) by The Post in Bristol suggests a blind schoolgirl has been ‘banned’ from bringing her walking cane to school because of ‘health and safety’ reasons.

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Case 382 – Disabled children banned from playing with toilet roll centres

Friday, November 13, 2015

A trainer specialising in delivery of training for disabled children was told that they can no longer give children cardboard toilet roll centres to play with because of health and safety.

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Case 381 – Weighbridge not for public use due to health and safety

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Public are no longer able to use Handcross weighbridge under new health and safety regulations.

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Case 380 – Child refused pool entry for incorrect swimwear

Monday, November 2, 2015

Child refused entry on health and safety grounds. Unacceptable swimwear cited by leisure centre as reason why child could not swim in pool.

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Case 379 – Dog banned from hire car for ‘health and safety’ reasons

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A hire car company has taken a decision to exclude the carriage of dogs in courtesy/hire cars over concerns about cleanliness but cites health and safety as the reason.

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