Health and safety guidelines are designed to protect members of the public and prevent slips and trips, and accidents at work, but what happens when the law goes too far and health and safety just becomes bizarre?
Is Blu-Tack really capable of causing work accidents?
To most people, Blu-Tack is a useful adhesive product, which enables us to stick things on the wall, and display pictures and photographs with ease. However, a recent headline may have some people questioning whether it is safe to use Blu-Tack, especially around children.
Last year, the national newspapers reported that school teachers in Scotland had been banned from using the sticky blue substance to display children’s artwork due to a risk of explosion. Teachers at the primary school near Perth were advised that Blu-Tack can explode if it comes into contact with glass.
The response from the Health and Safety Executive’s ‘myth-busting’ panel, which was established by Chris Grayling MP to try and make sense of the world of health and safety claims, stated that there were no health and safety concerns regarding the use of Blu-Tack, and the manufacturer’s website clearly confirmed that it was safe to use Blu-Tack on glass.
Focusing on the bizarre only serves to undermine the importance of health and safety guidelines. There are undoubtedly rules, which seem very petty, but the majority of policies are suitable for the environments in which they are employed. Workplaces, for example, can be very dangerous places, and it is important that protocol is in place to reduce the risk of work-related illnesses and work injuries.
You only have to read the statistics about work accidents to understand how important health and safety guidelines are. Last year, more than 27 million working days were lost as a result of work-related injuries, according to the Health and Safety Executive.
Compensation is designed to provide financial recompense for people who have suffered injuries or illnesses through no fault of their own. If you had a work accident, compensation can help to ease the burden of covering bills while you are off sick, and ease pressure on other members of the family who may be worrying about how they are going to cope without your income.
If you think you may have a work accident claim, call the expert team at Accident Advice Helpline. The firm was set up many years ago and is endorsed by Esther Rantzen.
Date Published: December 11, 2013
Author: David Brown