Case 240 – No hot drink trolley service allowed for dog event staff


Serving hot drinks to staff at a dog show has been banned on the grounds of health and safety, because passing them from the drinks trolley attendant to the staff might be dangerous.

Panel decision

There should be no health or safety reason for banning trolley attendants from serving hot drinks to ring stewards and judges at a dog show, the risk is unlikely to be any different from many other locations where hot drinks trolleys are used (including moving trains). This is an over-reaction to an easily manageable risk and seeking a solution that allows staff to have a hot drink would be preferable to using ‘health and safety’ as an excuse.

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