A Very Merry Safe Christmas From Everyone at Cambridge Safety!

Christmas Hazard

Most organisations including HSE and local councils manage to put up their decorations, celebrating the spirit of Christmas without a fuss. They just sensibly provide their staff with suitable step ladders to put decorations rather than expecting staff to balance on wheelie chairs.

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 risk at, or connected with, work.

There are more than a few old chestnuts in this list, which has been compiled by HSE from media reports and correspondence received.

  • Children are banned from having snowball fights
  • Office workers told they can’t put decorations up
  • Panto performers ordered not to throw sweets into the audience
  • Being sued for clearing snow from outside your business or home
  • Preventing people from putting coins in traditional Christmas puddings
  • Seatings being removed from shops – despite wearing Christmas shoppers wanting to rest their feet
  • Traditional shopping centre Christmas trees being scaled back or replaced by artificial alternatives
  • Christmas lights needing electrical (portable appliances testing) PAT test every year
  • Santa being ordered to buckle up on his sleigh


Have a safe Christmas from all here at Cambridge Safety!

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