MYTH MADNESS

23 Jan 2018 | by Sheryl Cardwell


With health and safety being everyone’s least favourite topic, School Business Leaders often blamed with decisions being made in the name of health and safety. How many times has some one approached you and said that they are not doing an activity or using a resource due to health and safety? Alternatively, you are asked to provide advice on an issue that simple common sense would prevail.

The Health and Safety Executive provide a wide range of knowledge and expertise on issues relating to health and safety. They have a dedicated challenge panel where you can challenge advice or decisions made in the name of health and safety that you believe are disproportionate or legally inaccurate.

 

The Health and Safety Executive provide a wide range of knowledge and expertise on issues relating to health and safety. They have a dedicated challenge panel where you can challenge advice or decisions made in the name of health and safety that you believe are disproportionate or legally inaccurate.

 

Myth Buster Challenge Panel findings that have been asked in the name of ‘Health and Safety’ 

  • Can teachers remove splinters?
  • Can parents be banned from using mobile phones in school grounds?
  • Children not allowed to have balloons
  • Primary school staff asked not to take any drinks onto the playground during breaks
  • Footballs banned from school playgrounds
  • Primary school do not allow ladders
  • School told that they couldn’t display children’s work on windows using blue tac
  • Adults can’t put plasters on children’s cuts

 

The recent findings all cite that health and safety is the reason for not allowing the activity to continue. Working in a school, I can fully understand why the school may ban parents from using mobile phones within the playground on a safeguarding basis not a health and safety one.

To find out the panels decisions on the findings presented please visit the health and safety executive website.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/index.htm

One of my favourite health and safety myths is children playing with conkers. One head teacher stated that children should wear googles when playing with conkers, due to health and safety!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know?

ISBL are offering a course which is approved by IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) through their partnership with In House safety (wholly owned subsidiary of PHSC plc)?

For more information please click on the link - IOSH

 

 

?By Sheryl Cardwell - January 2018

 

 

 

 

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