In a new regular monthly post here we have three of the latest myths busted by the Health & Safety Executive.

The Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 has in over 40 years saved countless lives and prevented innumerable injuries. As these myths demonstrate, it is open to misinterpretation.

Myth 1 > Can a teacher remove a child’s splinter?
HSE panel’s decision > “Given that most schools will have competent, qualified first aiders, there is no reason at all why they should not remove splinters, if they are partly exposed and easily removed with tweezers.  If splinters are deeply embedded then parents should be consulted and  professional medical help sought.

Myth 2 > Schoolchildren told to wear long sleeves and hats during hot weather for health and safety reasons to protect against sunburn.
HSE panel’s decision > “This is yet another example of the misuse of “health and safety” when the real issue is about teaching young people at an early age how to take sensible precautions on a long term public health risk that they will need to deal with throughout their lives. Insisting on long sleeves and hats isn’t very helpful or proportionate as some will find this very uncomfortable. There is plenty of advice available on a range of proportionate measures that schools can put in place – and these also make it clear that there is no legal obstacle to school staff helping children to apply sun screen.

Myth 3 > Pupils not allowed to wear jewelery because of ‘Health & Safety’ reasons
HSE panel’s decision > The school’s policy that ear rings should not be worn during PE lessons is sensible, and in line with national professional advice, but their use of simplistic references to “health and safety” as the justification for this and banning all other jewellery at other times is not a defensible explanation. Whether a school permits pupils to wear other items of jewellery at other times is a matter for the school uniform policy and this should be made clear.

Please contact Handsam Ltd by calling 0844 335 1737 or via info@handsam.co.uk for advice and clarification on your statutory responsibilities as stipulated within the Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974.

More information on these and other Health & Safety myths can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/myth.
A football club in Wales has pleaded guilty to Health & Safety failings in Court after a boy tragically lost his life when a set of goal posts toppled over on to him during a football match. These tragic events occurred in 2011 but have only been heard in Court this year.

An investigation revealed that the goal posts had been improperly anchored and could have toppled over on anyone at any time. This highlights the importance of regular monitoring and maintenance of sports and playground equipment to ensure that it is safe to use and to reduce the chance of harm to anybody using the equipment.

Please contact Handsam Ltd by calling 0844 335 1737 or via info@handsam.co.uk for advice and clarification on your Humane and Legal responsibilities with regards to sports and playground equipment.
With immediate effect the Handsam Client Login Page has been updated with a brand new look and feel. You can access the new page by clicking the Client Login button at the top of the page or by clicking the Click here to login button as you normally would to access the Handsam System.

Please fNew Login Pageollow these steps to login:

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