Health and safety is an integral part of our society and helps to prevent a lot of harm and injury to people, particularly in the workplace and other public areas. There are many regulations and rules put in place in order to ensure that people are safe, and also just to make them aware of any hazards they may come across. Without health and safety, particularly in jobs that use dangerous machinery such as mechanics or people who work in factories, there would be a very high number of casualties per year.

Health Safety Laws
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However, despite the fact that health and safety is put in place to keep us from harm, it is felt that sometimes it’s taken too far, and health and safety executives are perhaps becoming too obsessed with the risk, rather than thinking logically about whether or not this may actually even ever happen. For example, it was reported that graduates at university were no longer allowed to throw their mortar boards in the air as there were some reports of collisions when the students tried to catch their hats. While one or two students may have accidentally knocked together when trying to retrieve their headpieces, there is no need to impose such a ridiculous rule which would then stop graduates performing an exciting and traditional act.

Our latest infographic looks at some of the most ridiculous health and safety rules, rather than actual laws that are actually imposed. Still, we find it quite bizarre that some workplaces banned plasters from the first aid box due to the risk of allergic reactions to them. I’m sure it must be frustrating for someone to develop a rash when putting on a plaster, but it’s also very frustrating if you have cut your finger and you are unable to find an item which you really do feel should be inside every first aid kit! Take a look at the infographic below to find out more about these crazy stories.

Absurd Health And Safety Laws

Absurd Health and Safety Laws V.5.0

Infographic source: Exporta