Case 258 – Hot drinks not allowed on school trips


Enquirer’s daughter took a hot drink in a flask on a school trip. Following the trip the enquirer was told that the school has a no hot drink policy ‘due to Health and Safety’.

Panel decision

This is another case of health and safety becoming a hot topic unnecessarily. Health and safety legislation does not prevent children from having hot food or drink in their packed lunches, for consumption in school or on school trips. It is particularly confusing for parents if the school’s own rules are not communicated to parents, especially in cases such as this where the rule appears to be different in school versus on trips. It would be better if school policies were more clearly communicated and explained to parents rather than blamed on a “health and safety” catch-all.

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