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Case 45 - Swimming pool displayed notice that stated "in the interests of health & safety, shaving is not permitted in any public areas"

Issue

A public swimming pool locker room displayed a customer notice "in the interests of health & safety, shaving is not permitted in any public areas".

Panel decision

There is no health and safety legislation, which bans shaving in changing rooms of public leisure facilities. If the concerns are about disposal of razors or other hygiene issues then the notice should state this and not simply use "health and safety" as a catch-all.

2012-07-26