Reusable cup prohibited
In another bizarre case of health and safety, one coffee shop has rejected a customer’s wish for a reusable cup to be filled with fresh coffee. When asked why, the shop cited ‘health and safety’ as the reason. This case was duly shown to the Myth Busting Challenge Panel (MBCP) who declared that there is no health and safety rule that prohibits the use of reusable coffee cups. The customer was then advised to return to the shop and determine the real reason his cup could not be filled.
Assess whether ‘health and safety’ is an appropriate element
This case is just one of many in which ‘health and safety’ is used as a phrase in which to easily explain a decision made by a company, the MBCP have found. The MCBP are an independent panel set up by the Health and Safety Executive to challenge these decisions.
The panel stated that they would investigate enquiries regarding the advice given by non-regulators such as insurance companies, health and safety consultants and employers. The panel would then assess whether an appropriate decision had been made, and whether or not ‘health and safety’ was a relevant factor in that decision.
Managing ‘real risks’
The MBCP panel, chaired by the Heath and Safety Executive Chair Judith Hackitt, stated that health and safety is about managing real risks properly; not being risk averse and stopping people getting on with their lives.
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Date Published: November 19, 2013
Author: David Brown