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Myth: Workers are banned from putting up Christmas decorations in the office

Cartoon "HSE Inspector" chopping an office Xmas tree in half with an axe as startled workers look on

The reality

Bah Humbug!  Each year we hear of companies banning their workers from putting up Christmas decorations in their offices for 'health and safety' reasons, or requiring the work to be done by a 'qualified' person.

Most organisations including HSE and local councils manage to put up their decorations, celebrating the spirit of Christmas without a fuss. They just sensibly provide their staff with suitable step ladders to put up decorations rather than expecting staff to balance on wheelie chairs.

Updated 2012-12-11