Cumbria dog show bans frisbee catching - "jobsworths" told "enough is enough"
Last updated at 11:38, Monday, 25 August 2014
“JOBSWORTHS” have been warned not to use health and safety laws to introduce "ridiculous" rules after a drive to uncover their misuse discovered frisbee bans at a Cumbria dog show and an end to donkey rides on beaches.
Frisbee catching was dropped from the Scruffs Dog Show in Keswick this summer after suggestions dogs could have injured themselves, and staff at a cafe in Bedfordshire refused to put strawberry sauce on a customer's ice cream for supposed health and safety reasons, according to the Department for Work and Pensions.
Donkey rides were banned in case sunbathers are injured and office workers at an Aldershot company have been told they must not wear open-toed shoes in the summer, according to complaints to the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) "myth buster" panel.
Health and Safety minister Mark Harper said: "Enough is enough. It's time we were all allowed to enjoy our summers, rather than have them spoiled by ridiculous, arbitrary and downright unreasonable application of apparent 'health and safety rules'.
"Real health and safety laws exist to protect Britain's workers, and not to be used as a smoke screen by jobsworths who have little knowledge of the law and who want to fob people off with an easy excuse. If there's a genuine reason for preventing something then it's time the real reason was given.”
Around 300 complaints have been made to the panel about misuse of health and safety laws.
HSE chairwoman Judith Hackitt said: “I would urge all bosses to familiarise themselves with health and safety law and properly educate their staff. Real health and safety is about protecting people in the workplace from life and health threatening risks - not about refusing to apply suntan lotion, or put sauce on an ice cream.
"Health and safety has become an all too convenient excuse, which means the law is being applied disproportionately or more often than not entirely erroneously. If there's a genuine law or your insurance provider doesn't cover it then own up to the real reason."
First published at 09:21, Monday, 25 August 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
Have your say
Make your comment
- UPDATE: Four arrested in Windermere murder investigation
- Car ends up on its side in Ulverston crash
- Man stabbed in leg during Cumbria assault
- Cumbria weather warnings on 'hottest day of the year'
- A590 path repair project announced
- Generous family brings cheer to Barrow school targetted by vandals
- Organisations will be Hitting the Headlines after training event
- Day of personal triumphs and achievements at Energy for Life Walney Family Fun Run
- Well done to all who took part in the Energy for Life Walney Family Fun Run
- BMX stolen in Ulverston
- Barrow Raiders hoping to roar in Lion's den
- Half-term report - foundations in place for Barrow Raiders success
- Barrow boxing coach out to prove he's a charity warrior
- Dalton RL prospect leads Italian job
- Barrow AFC line up keeper deal
- Pete Wilson - spare us the Ashes sledging
- Crarey hails Raiders' defensive qualities
- Edmo thrilled Simon remains part of his Grand Barrow plan
- Winger exits Barrow AFC
- Askam ace Jake fulfils England goal
- Boxing Star to inspire females in Barrow through Olympic and Paralympic legacy project
- WEDDING ALBUM: Sharna Forsyth and James Tyson
- TRAVEL REVIEW: Venice
- FOOD REVIEW: Punchbowl, Crosthwaite
- Time to forge better deal within the EU
- FOOD REVIEW: The Crown, North Scale, Walney
- TRAVEL REVIEW: Bali
- Toddler fights back from heart surgery
- Garden no safe place for birds
- WEDDING ALBUM: Gemma Jones and Craig Brown