HSE RSS feeds » Health and safety myths http://news.hse.gov.uk News and updates about health and safety from the Health and Safety Executive Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:17:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2 Case 407 – Employer stopped providing funds for alcoholic drinks at Christmas night out (offsite) http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2016/case407-christmas-drinks-funding.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2016/case407-christmas-drinks-funding.htm#comments Thu, 29 Dec 2016 15:45:43 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=52649 Employer stopped proving funds for alcoholic drinks at Christmas night out (offsite), citing health and safety

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Heinz beans ‘can song’ advert banned over injury fears http://press.hse.gov.uk/2016/heinz-beans-can-song-advert-banned-over-injury-fears/ http://press.hse.gov.uk/2016/heinz-beans-can-song-advert-banned-over-injury-fears/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:22:28 +0000 HSE http://press.hse.gov.uk/2016/heinz-beans-can-song-advert-banned-over-injury-fears/10158 http://news.hse.gov.uk/2016/11/23/heinz-beans-can-song-advert-banned-over-injury-fears/feed/ 0 Ban on throwing mortar boards is a tired health and safety myth http://press.hse.gov.uk/2016/ban-on-throwing-mortar-boards-is-a-tired-health-and-safety-myth/ http://press.hse.gov.uk/2016/ban-on-throwing-mortar-boards-is-a-tired-health-and-safety-myth/#comments Wed, 18 May 2016 12:00:50 +0000 HSE http://press.hse.gov.uk/2016/ban-on-throwing-mortar-boards-is-a-tired-health-and-safety-myth/9089 http://news.hse.gov.uk/2016/05/18/ban-on-throwing-mortar-boards-is-a-tired-health-and-safety-myth/feed/ 0 Case 396 – Cafe refuses to sell untoasted fruit bread http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2016/case396-supermarket-cafe-refuse-to-sell-customer-packet-of-untoasted-fruitbread.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2016/case396-supermarket-cafe-refuse-to-sell-customer-packet-of-untoasted-fruitbread.htm#comments Wed, 11 May 2016 12:00:11 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=51616 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 http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2016/case395-supermarket-banned-foldaway-bicycle.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2016/case395-supermarket-banned-foldaway-bicycle.htm#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:00:56 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=51431 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 http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2016/case394-tumble-turns-banned-in-swimming-pool.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2016/case394-tumble-turns-banned-in-swimming-pool.htm#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2016 07:00:20 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=51333 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 http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2016/case393-library-laptops-power-sockets.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2016/case393-library-laptops-power-sockets.htm#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2016 11:00:53 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=51335 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 http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2016/case392-parents-refused-use-of-highchair-for-daughter-in-coffee-shop.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2016/case392-parents-refused-use-of-highchair-for-daughter-in-coffee-shop.htm#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:00:13 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=51272 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 http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2016/case391-gym-reduced-24hr-opening-closing-overnight-for-hs.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2016/case391-gym-reduced-24hr-opening-closing-overnight-for-hs.htm#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2016 15:00:19 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=51248 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 http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2016/case390-family-told-shoes-not-allowed-on-deceaseds-body-for-funeral.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2016/case390-family-told-shoes-not-allowed-on-deceaseds-body-for-funeral.htm#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2016 15:00:01 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=51168 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 http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2016/case389-nightclub-refuses-to-serve-salt-and-lemon-with-tequila-shots.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2016/case389-nightclub-refuses-to-serve-salt-and-lemon-with-tequila-shots.htm#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:00:22 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=50928 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 http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2016/case388-refuse-collection-workers-banned-wearing-christmas-hats.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2016/case388-refuse-collection-workers-banned-wearing-christmas-hats.htm#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:40:56 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=50691 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 http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2015/case387-gym-manager-queried-complaint-on-topping-up-water-bottles.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2015/case387-gym-manager-queried-complaint-on-topping-up-water-bottles.htm#comments Tue, 15 Dec 2015 09:00:14 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=50386 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 http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2015/case386-supermarket-cafe-unable-to-heat-up-mince-pies-for-customers.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2015/case386-supermarket-cafe-unable-to-heat-up-mince-pies-for-customers.htm#comments Fri, 11 Dec 2015 08:30:02 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=50343 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 http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2015/case385-bus-company-seperates-boys-and-girls-on-school-service.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2015/case385-bus-company-seperates-boys-and-girls-on-school-service.htm#comments Wed, 09 Dec 2015 16:21:40 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=50341 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 http://hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2015/case384-lollipop-lady-banned-from-waving-at-cars.htm http://hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2015/case384-lollipop-lady-banned-from-waving-at-cars.htm#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:15:32 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=50217 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 http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2015/case383-oddjob-person-not-allowed-to-change-light-bulb.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2015/case383-oddjob-person-not-allowed-to-change-light-bulb.htm#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:00:52 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=50215 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 http://press.hse.gov.uk/2015/lets-hope-common-sense-prevails-says-hse/ http://press.hse.gov.uk/2015/lets-hope-common-sense-prevails-says-hse/#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:00:46 +0000 HSE http://press.hse.gov.uk/2015/lets-hope-common-sense-prevails-says-hse/7679 http://news.hse.gov.uk/2015/11/17/lets-hope-common-sense-prevails-says-hse/feed/ 0 Case 382 – Disabled children banned from playing with toilet roll centres http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2015/case382-disabled-children-banned-from-playing-with-toilet-roll-centres.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2015/case382-disabled-children-banned-from-playing-with-toilet-roll-centres.htm#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:30:02 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=50154 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 http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2015/case381-public-unable-to-use-a23-handcross-weighbridge.htm http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2015/case381-public-unable-to-use-a23-handcross-weighbridge.htm#comments Tue, 10 Nov 2015 15:30:48 +0000 HSE http://news.hse.gov.uk/?p=50117 Public are no longer able to use Handcross weighbridge under new health and safety regulations.

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