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Throughout UK business there have been several provoking health and safety rules implemented for various reasons. New research from animal charity Spana has just revealed some of the weird and wonderful health and safety regulations to be found in workplaces around the UK – and it makes for very interesting reading indeed.
The survey of 2,000 employees found that one in five aren’t allowed to change lightbulbs in their office, the Independent reports, while a fifth are banned from wearing flipflops. And other offices have bans in place preventing giving colleagues paracetamol, having to fill out forms to use plasters and banning birthday cake candles, the Independent reports.
Some staff members are forced to tuck in their shirts when shredding paper, while others are only given plastic knives and forks. The survey also found that over a third of those asked if they thought the health and safety rules in their workplace are too strict. For example, one person said that wounds as minor as paper cuts had to be logged into their company’s injury book.
And yet another was prohibited from changing the clocks on the wall and had to use the services of an engineer to get the job done. Perhaps even more shockingly than that, one member of staff was stunned to find that tinsel was banned from the Christmas decorations in case people got tangled up.
Chief Executive of Spana Geoffrey Dennis commented: “It’s clear some workers feel that health and safety rules in the workplace have gone too far – and there are certainly a few strange policies. It’s positive, however, that employers are taking the physical wellbeing of their staff seriously and there are protections in place to keep them safe.”
While it may seem funny and even perhaps questionable that there are rules such as these in places of business around the UK, when you consider that work-related accidents and illnesses have resulted in 31.2 million lost working days in the past 12 months perhaps it’s not so frivolous to focus on protecting our members of staff.
Recent RIDDOR data shows that all those lost working days cost companies a collective £14.9 billion and the value of fines collected by the Health and Safety Executive has also increased since tougher penalties were brought into force in February 2016.
Being vigilant where health and safety is concerned should be at the heart of a company policy and you’d be wise to impress the importance of this on your members of staff. Producing and implementing health and safety rules which have no relevance to the business and its operations can cause a frustration to your employees, so try to strike a balance where possible.