Weird & wacky health and safety myths
If you think health and safety is a little crazy from time to time, you really have to read these wacky myths.
What's the craziest rule you've ever heard relating to health and safety? Sometimes it feels like health and safety has gone mad, with rules and regulations spiralling out of control, and an endless list of do's and don'ts making it seem impossible to function properly.
Whilst safety is important and vital programmes of work such as fire risk assessments and laundry chute service inspections should never be underestimated, every once in a while, health and safety gets blamed for the most ridiculous decisions.
To prove this point, here we list some of the wackiest H&S myths that simply aren't true.
Let's ban hanging baskets
How could hanging baskets be a danger to the public? Suspend them from lamp posts and what's the worst thing that could happen? Unbelievably, once town believed their hanging baskets would be a danger to the public. They thought the baskets might cause some of their older lamp posts to topple over, so they promptly removed them to eliminate the risk.
Red-faced officials later retracted their actions and reinstated the baskets. No lamp posts or members of the public were injured as a result.
Hold fire on those festive decorations
Imagine if your boss said you couldn't display Christmas decorations around the office, how would this make you feel? Bah humbug would spring to mind, it's Xmas, and you want to make work as cheery as possible. Weirdly, a huge number of companies ban office decorations citing safety reasons but it makes you wonder, how dangerous is it to drape a little tinsel on an artificial Christmas tree?
There's nothing listed in health and safety regulations that says workers can't put their own festive decorations up, any boss that says differently is just being a scrooge.
Bonkers conker decision
Think back to your early years, did you ever play conkers at school? If you did, were there any instances when you were injured? Bet there wasn't, but this didn't stop one headmaster asking children to wear safety goggles if they wanted to take part in this activity. This had a knock-on effect. Other schools decided to ban the game altogether due to health and safety reasons which is pretty ridiculous, for decades it's never been a problem.
These cases show the extremities of health and safety. Whilst we fully endorse having fire safety inspections here at Ged Chutes, and we recommend regular servicing on laundry chutes, even we can acknowledge that sometimes people take things a little too far and when this happens, H&S goes mad!