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Case 245 - Flag to be removed from the inside of a window

Issue

A council emailed an instruction to remove a flag from the inside of one of their windows stating that it breached Health & Safety legislation.

Panel decision

There is no Health and Safety at Work legislation which would apply to a flag being displayed in an office window. In this case, the Council has also referred to their clear desk policy as a reason for banning the display of anything in the windows. These are straightforward issues of office management and office etiquette and should be explained as such, their policy on this matter has nothing to do with managing risks in the workplace.

2014-03-17