Plastic toys seen as harmful
Many of us will remember happily playing during school lunchtimes with popular toys such as yo-yos. Now however, the plastic toys have become the subject of a strange health and safety debate, with one school claiming that they are dangerous. In order to prevent injury this school has gone so far as to ban the yo-yo from the school premises on the basis of health and safety.
Banning yo-yos seemed ‘a bit over the top’
However, similarly to the ‘conker myth’ there is no actual law that prohibits the use of yo-yos in schools. In answer to the school banning yo-yos on the grounds of health and safety, the Heath and Safety Executive responded by saying that like other toys, there would always be the potential for minor injuries with yo-yos. However, to ban them from schools ‘seemed a bit over the top.’
Myth Busters Challenge Panel
The Health and Safety Executive have spoken about the yo-yos restriction, and other similar regulations, calling them ‘ridiculous’ and ‘wrongly blamed on health and safety.’ In 2012 the Health and Safety Executive set up a Myth Busters Challenge Panel to investigate such regulations and have now exposed 100 myths surrounding health and safety. These include bans on knives in kitchens and a consumer being told he could not have ‘batter scraps’ with his fish and chip meal, amongst others.
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Date Published: November 20, 2013
Author: David Brown