Top 10 Worst Health and Safety Myths

The HSE has helped make Britain one of the safest places in the world to work, we check out the top 10 H&S myths.

The HSE has helped make Britain one of the safest places in the world to work, saving thousands of lives, preventing many more injuries at work and reducing the economic and social costs of health and safety failures. It is over 40 years since the Health and Safety at Work Act received Royal Assent, providing a new regulatory framework for work place health and safety in Great Britain.

We thought we would take a look at the HSE and the Health and Safety Myths that have circulated in the past. ;You can head online to the HSE website to check out the top 10 worst health and safety myths. Over the years, the Health and Safety Executive has undertaken some quite farfetched myths about what health and safety bans or orders people to do.

The HSE rightly say that it is sometimes hard to know where myths originate but the one thing they all have in common is that they are not required by Health and Safety law. Here are the top 10: ;

  • Children being banned from playing conkers unless they are wearing goggles
  • Office workers being banned from putting up Christmas decorations
  • Trapeze artists being ordered to wear hard hats
  • Pin the tail on the donkey games being deemed a health and safety risk
  • Candy floss on a stick being banned in case people trip and impale themselves
  • Hanging baskets being banned in case people bump their heads on them
  • Schoolchildren being ordered to wear clip on ties in case they are choked by traditional neckwear
  • Park benches must be replaced because they are three inches too low
  • Flip flops being banned from the workplace
  • Graduates ordered not to throw their mortar boards in the air

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