Case 393 – Library restricts the charging of laptops on health and safety grounds

Issue

A Council run library will not let users plug their laptops into electrical outlets because of a risk of tripping or in case of faulty laptop charger plugs.

Panel opinion

The council and library seem to have got their wires well and truly crossed in this case as both the potential problems appear to have been well under control.  Restricting the charging of the laptop can’t be justified on health and safety grounds in these circumstances.

Article source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2016/case393-library-laptops-power-sockets.htm