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Case 159 - Village Hall Committee refuses to allow washing-up by hand and insist a dishwasher is used as health and safety require this

Issue

The committee of a village hall which is hired out for private parties eg; christenings, has refused to allow people to wash up by hand and insist that the dishwasher is to be used as Health & Safety require this

Panel decision

The complainant is quite right that there is no health and safety legal requirement that would stipulate use of a dishwasher; whatever the real reason for this requirement, the explanation given is misleading and insufficient.

2013-04-17