Oh dear, following on from my recent article about dirt and the alleged increase in "allergies", it seems that Nanny is taking her crusade for "cleanliness" another step further...except that is in the one place that it actually matters; namely hospitals!
Leisure centres in some parts of the country have now stopped providing armbands and rubber rings.
It seems that there is a clear and present danger (in Nanny's mind) of people catching germs while blowing them up.
Swimming pool managers in Bournemouth have introduced the measure, because they say that a full-time member of staff would be needed to ensure stringent guidelines were obeyed. These include a new cleansing programme, a daily inspection for punctures and the drawing up of instructions for staff on how to deal with inflatable-related issues.
A policy to ensure armbands of the right size were issued would also be needed, staff say, because of the rules laid down by the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management. Parents will be able to bring inflatables, but staff can not hand them out. The decision came after an auditor noticed the institute's rules were not being followed.
What complete and utter bollocks!
Geoff Messenger, the leisure marketing manager for Bournemouth Borough Council's swimming pools, said:
"It was just about being nice to the customers
who had forgotten to bring armbands for their children.
We wanted to help them out,
rather than make them buy a new pair,
but the regulations make it too difficult."
A spokesman for the institute said:
"If you are lending out armbands you have
got a duty of care and you have to
make sure they are fit for purpose.
Our guidelines are not binding at all.
People have to measure their own
policy against our guidance."
Little men enjoying their little power!
The fact that these rings etc, especially for children, provide a rather useful means of minimising the risks of people drowning seems to have escaped Nanny.
How risky is it that people will catch bugs from blowing up rings?
Are we in the middle of a plague outbreak?
Can't people simply rinse the mouthpieces in the chlorinated water?
As to the bugs and contents of swimming pools, that is best left undiscussed.
Children eat and live in utter filth of their own making, that's what builds their strength, a few bugs on mouthpieces will do them no harm whatsoever.
In short this ban is utter bollocks!