NHS health and safety chiefs ban ‘dangerous’ metal paper clips

By | August 7, 2012

Manchester NHS Trust officials made the decision to stop the use of the metal stationary item after a member of staff cut their finger using one.

In a memo to staff, it was warned that the use of metal fasteners was ‘prohibited’ and the offending clips must be ‘carefully disposed of immediately’.

‘Due to recent incidents, NHS Manchester has decided to immediately withdraw the use of metal paper fasteners,’ explained the memo featuring an accompanying picture of a paper clip – just to avoid any confusion.

‘Please ensure any that remain in use be replaced by similar plastic fasteners.

‘The use of metal fasteners is prohibited and must be carefully disposed of immediately. Thank you for your co-operation.’

The clips have been banned from the city’s GP surgeries, clinics and offices in favour of a plastic alternative.

However, a member of staff told the Manchester Evening News: ‘It is ridiculous. They’re vaguely sharp, like drawing pins and fountain pens.

‘I can only assume top brass think that they’ve employed idiots who need nannying through the working day.’

Another added: ‘We should just be lucky the safety memo didn’t run to two pages, that might have proved a bit tricky.’

via NHS health and safety chiefs ban ‘dangerous’ metal paper clips | Metro.co.uk.

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0 thoughts on “NHS health and safety chiefs ban ‘dangerous’ metal paper clips

  1. Fred Killer

    I guess my (also UK) employer should ban my razor sharp knives, planes and chisels then?

    Surgical scalpels are great for cutting wood splinters out. I wouldn’t want to do it with a paper clip, however.

    As a ‘management gone mad’ related aside, I can no longer have posters of the female form, however tastefully presented such as my Pink Floyd bodyart al’bum’ covers or anything under my workbench, (atall, ever again), nor anything on top of my tool cupboard.

    Tomorrow, for a visit by our new corporate owners, I must wear a new T-Shirt so that I “Look the same as everyone else.” as must they.

    We were recently bought by a larger company and their ‘5S’s’ have only just been explained, let alone fully implemented.

    It is already clear that we will soon be physically unable to do our jobs as Joiners/Shopfitters, as we will be so restricted for space and made to clear everything away each evening.

    One advantage of having to take half of my tools home for lack of storage space in the huge factory under my huge bench is that it will make it much easier to pack up and leave when it all gets too much and I’d rather drive further to work somewhere else.

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