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Case 103 - School fête organisers told they cannot use shredded paper for lucky dips as this contravenes health and safety laws

Issue

The enquirer has heard from two different people organising school fêtes that they are looking for polystyrene packing pieces for their school lucky dips as apparently they are not allowed to use shredded paper or tissue paper as this contravenes health and safety laws.

Panel decision

There are no health and safety laws which prevent the use of shredded paper or tissue paper in lucky dips. It is hard to imagine what "risk" people might believe is associated with using shredded paper but it seems a rather extreme example of risk aversion.

2013-01-04