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Case 171 - Local gym notice states "hairdryers can only be used for drying hair on the head"

Issue

The enquirer read a notice in their local gym stating that for "health and safety reasons members are requested only use the hair dryers for hair on the head".

Panel decision

There is no occupational health and safety legislation regarding the use of hairdryers to dry hair on body-parts other than the head. This is clearly an easy excuse to deter people from using hair dryers inappropriately in a public place and the health club should give the real reason for their decision rather than hiding behind the &health and safety" catch all.

2013-05-01