Christmas is a special time of year. Even so, it doesn’t stop health and safety being – wrongly – cited as a reason for preventing pretty harmless activities from going ahead. Not only does this needlessly ruin the festive spirit but it also trivialises the true purpose of health and safety: protecting people from real risks at, or connected with, work.
The HSE have published a list of the top twelve festive myths, gifted to HSE from media reports and correspondence received. You can find them here:
- Myth: Workers are banned from putting up Christmas decorations in the office
- Myth: Indoor Christmas lights need a portable appliance test (PAT) every year
- Myth: You can’t throw out sweets at pantos
- Myth: Santa needs a seatbelt in his sleigh
- Myth: Second hand toys can’t be donated for ‘health and safety’ reasons
- Myth: Traditional shopping centre Christmas trees scaled back or replaced by artificial alternatives
- Myth: Seats removed from shops – despite weary Christmas shoppers wanting to rest their feet
- Myth: Carol singers are a health and safety risk
- Myth: Children are banned from throwing snowballs
- Myth: If you clear snow from outside your business or home you are likely to get sued
- Myth: Health and safety prevents people putting coins in Christmas puddings
- Myth: Elf n Safety ruins Christmas!