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The non-existent health and safety laws which have been reported

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is fighting back against non-existent health and safety laws after over 150 cases had been reported to a panel set up last year.

Cases include:

  • A Derbyshire restaurant that banned toothpicks.
  • Bars refusing to serve pints in glasses with handles.
  • A hotel that said they couldn't serve rare burgers.
  • Shredded paper being banned from a school fete.
  • A birthday venue which refused to use a bubble machine.

Officials said people were using non-existent laws to ban legitimate activities.

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HSE fight back against non-existent safety laws

Some bars have used non-existent health and safety rules to refuse the serving of pints in glasses with handles Credit: Felix Hoerhager/PA

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said over 150 cases had been reported to a panel it set up in 2012 to fight back against people who use non-existent safety laws to ban legitimate activities.

Examples include bars refusing to serve pints in glasses with a handle and a restaurant in Derbyshire that removed toothpicks.

Officials said people were hiding behind health and safety to cover up bad customer service or because they were afraid of being sued.

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