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Top Safety'myths' of 2012 Exposed

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Top Safety'myths' of 2012 Exposed

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Banning kettles and microwaves in the office because of 'health and safety' was one of the ten "most ridiculous" safety excuses of 2012, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The organisation in question also claimed the devices would require insurance that would be at a cost to the employer, reported the HSE's 'Myth Busters Challenge Panel', which was set up earlier in 2012 to challenge and expose "silly" management decisions that are incorrectly blamed on health and safety regulations.

The HSE explained: "There is no health and safety law prohibiting the use of kettles and microwaves in the office. The office workers have been misinformed. It would be much better if their employer explained their real concerns about having this equipment in the office."

The Challenge Panel said it had responded to a total of 100 such myths by the close of 2012, and is continually encouraging organisations to be specific about health and safety rules where they apply, and honest with people about the real reasons for workplace decisions, such as cost, complexity, or worries about legal action. …

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