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News and updates about health and safety from the Health and Safety Executive

Store stopped providing empty ‘tester’ perfume bottles to customer for health and safety reasons.
Author: HSE
Posted: April 4, 2017, 1:27 pm
Supermarket deli refused customer request to leave plastic wrapping on liver sausage stating that it was a ‘choking hazard’.
Author: HSE
Posted: April 4, 2017, 1:21 pm
Employer stopped proving funds for alcoholic drinks at Christmas night out (offsite), citing health and safety
Author: HSE
Posted: December 29, 2016, 3:45 pm
Lots of media coverage has appeared today relating to the Heinz baked beans ‘can song’ advert being banned by The Advertising Standards Authority as it ‘encouraged behaviour that prejudiced health and safety’. The advertising campaign has been banned from TV over fears that young viewers could copy the ‘can song’ and injure themselves on sharp empty tins.
Author: HSE
Posted: November 23, 2016, 10:22 am
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:
Author: HSE
Posted: May 18, 2016, 12:00 pm
A supermarket cafe refused to sell a packet of fruit bread on health and safety grounds as the customer didn’t want it toasted.
Author: HSE
Posted: May 11, 2016, 12:00 pm
A supermarket banned a customer from taking a folding bicycle into store for health and safety reasons.
Author: HSE
Posted: April 15, 2016, 2:00 pm
Freestyle lane tumble turns have been banned from a council run swimming pool for health and safety reasons.
Author: HSE
Posted: April 13, 2016, 7:00 am
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.
Author: HSE
Posted: April 8, 2016, 11:00 am
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.
Author: HSE
Posted: March 30, 2016, 2:00 pm
A gym reduced its 24/7 opening hours by closing overnight, citing health and safety as the reason for the decision.
Author: HSE
Posted: March 24, 2016, 3:00 pm
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.
Author: HSE
Posted: March 11, 2016, 3:00 pm
Bar manager refused to serve salt and lemon with tequila shots to customers in a club due to health and safety.
Author: HSE
Posted: February 10, 2016, 3:00 pm
Refuse collection workers in Colchester were banned from wearing Christmas hats or anything Christmassy on the grounds of health and safety.
Author: HSE
Posted: January 15, 2016, 10:40 am
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.
Author: HSE
Posted: December 15, 2015, 9:00 am
A supermarket cafe told a customer that they are unable to heat up the mince pies they serve for health and safety reasons.
Author: HSE
Posted: December 11, 2015, 8:30 am
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.
Author: HSE
Posted: December 9, 2015, 4:21 pm
A school lollipop lady is banned from waving at cars by her bosses after a complaint by a member of the public.
Author: HSE
Posted: November 20, 2015, 3:15 pm
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.
Author: HSE
Posted: November 20, 2015, 3:00 pm
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.
Author: HSE
Posted: November 17, 2015, 11:00 am