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Case 411 - Safety pins on swimming pool locker keys

Issue

A swimming pool operator has removed safety pins from their locker keys on H&S grounds

Panel opinion

Other than the general duties under the HSW Act there is no specific H&S legislation or guidance applying to this. Safety pins have been widely used as a means to secure locker keys and should not present significant risks, however use of safety pins is outdated and has gradually been replaced by either clips or wrist bands. This appears to be a specific policy at this leisure centre, so a fuller explanation would be helpful, beyond the simple ‘health and safety’ line.

2017-09-13