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Case 63 - Local council are replacing furniture in debating chamber because of health and safety reasons

Issue

A local council is replacing tables, chairs and the carpet in its debating chamber and they say it is because of health and safety reasons. Residents are concerned about the costs involved.

Panel decision

If the council are purchasing new furniture and carpets because the current stock is old and worn out, they should declare this as the case. Not hide behind Health and Safety. There is no specific regulation which relates to the weight of furniture. The cost of replacement could be avoided if the council as an employer were to provide adequate staffing levels and training for the movement of the furniture and carry out repairs to the carpet.

2012-09-25