Christmas Myths

Christmas is a special time of year. Even so, it doesn't stop health and safety being - wrongly - cited as a reason for preventing pretty harmless activities from going ahead. Not only does this needlessly ruin the festive spirit but it also trivialises the true purpose of health and safety: protecting people from real risks at, or connected with, work.

  1. Myth: Workers are banned from putting up Christmas decorations in the office
  2. Myth: Indoor Christmas lights need a portable appliance test (PAT) every year
  3. Myth: You can't throw out sweets at pantos
  4. Myth: Traditional shopping centre Christmas trees scaled back or replaced by artificial alternatives
  5. Myth: Seats removed from shops - despite weary Christmas shoppers wanting to rest their feet
  6. Myth: Carol singers are a health and safety risk
  7. Myth: Children are banned from throwing snowballs
  8. Myth: Health and safety prevents people putting coins in Christmas puddings
  9. Myth: You cannot clear snow and ice from pavements yourself

For more details of other health and safety myths visit Myth of the month.

Updated 2022-06-01