The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have not "required" poppy makers not to use pins as poppy stems as your columnist suggests (McCaig, "Buy a poppy this week", 11 November).
The HSE adopts a common sense approach to health and safety and encourages others to do the same. Our responsibilities are focused on preventing death, serious injuries and illness.
It is up to an individual to decide how to wear their poppy.
Dr Paul Stollard
Regional Director, Scotland
Health and Safety Executive
59 Belford Road