Health and Safety verdicts from the myth buster panel

One diner who went to a department store in London for breakfast thought staff were joking when he was told he couldn’t have a fried egg for health and safety reasons.
Stunned at this response he probed further and was told someone in another store left a frying pan on the heat causing a fire, so a decision was made to stop supplying fried eggs in all store restaurants.
The Myth Busters said this was a classic case of an over the top and misguided response to a problem. Banning the sale of fried eggs will not stop other pans being overheated if staff do not take appropriate care. Fire is a risk when cooking but one that can be easily managed. The store later admitted this was not a health and safety decision at all but a matter of company policy.
One over-zealous racecourse steward confiscated a sun parasol from a racegoer because he said it posed a health and safety risk. Despite the searing heat this summer, the steward told the lady in question that someone could use it as a weapon. Bizarrely this silly rule ignores the fact that when it is raining, umbrellas are allowed.
The Panel said there was clearly no health and safety issue here – many of us carry umbrellas with points when we travel on crowded public transport every day without incident. The racecourse has a clear policy that states that they reserve the right to refuse articles being brought into the event. On this occasion, someone judged that a parasol could be used as a weapon – a bizarre decision and certainly not health and safety.
A Chinese restaurant in East Sussex refused to provide a customer with a finger bowl giving health and safety as the reason.
The bemused diner complained to the Myth Busters who were clear that this nonsense excuse was blatantly used to hide the poor customer service. There is no health and safety regulation that could possibly be interpreted as a reason for banning finger bowls.
Patrons of a Village Hall in Burford, Oxfordshire will probably be glad they don’t have to get their hands clean by doing the washing up as the Committee reckons putting your hands in soapy suds is a health and safety issue.
It has told people using the hall for private parties, christenings etc they must use a dishwasher as a requirement of health and safety.
What nonsense, there is no health and safety legal requirement that would stipulate use of a dishwasher, so whatever the real reason, the Panel says the washed-up Committee should stop misleading folk and come up with a better excuse to get out of doing the dishes!
A table tennis table used by factory workers in break times was removed after a jobsworth claimed it was a health and safety risk.
The panel smashed that nonsense out of the court by declaring there are no health and safety rules that prevent employees playing table tennis in their leisure time. A suitable location is all that is needed.