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Case 6 - historical re-enactment society told there were regulations for chopping vegetables in a public place


A historical re-enactment society was told that there was a new regulation in place for chopping vegetables in a public place.

Panel decision

Historical re-enactment societies are normally volunteer run and enacted and will have duties under civil law not the Health and Safety at Work Act. There are no new health and safety regulations requiring tests for vegetable chopping and the risks to the public from participants chopping vegetables in public areas are so low that a test would be a completely over the top requirement. An application of common sense is clearly needed so that the re-enactment activities can proceed unhindered.