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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Dangers of Blu-tack

Mt thanks to a loyal reader, who alerted me to a particularly daft piece of Nannyism concerning blu-tack.

It seems that staff at one of the Perth and Kinross Council-run school campuses were told to stop using blu-tack on windows.

For why?

In the panic ridden world that Nanny has created, the staff were of the view that if blu-tack were to come into contact with some other chemical in the window, the window would shatter.

Step forward the Health and Safety Executive's Myth Busters Challenge Panel, which told the staff that this panic was based on utter bollocks. The Myth Busters instructed the school to reverse the edict, and replace the blu-tack.

The reason that this story has come to prominence, is that the Myth Busters are happily telling the world and his wife about their success in overturning one of Nanny's daft edicts.

Good for them!

So who exactly are the Myth Busters?

It seems that they are a panel set up by Employment Minister Chris Grayling, to fight Nanny and her evil plans. The 13-strong committee includes an ex-police officer, a magistrate and an insurance boss and is led by Health and Safety Executive chair Judith Hackitt.

Here is a link to their website: Myth Busters.

How odd that they have never made contact with this site wrt Nanny issues?

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  1. A "Chemical in the window" - WTF???

    Glass is pretty inert, that's why it's used in chemistry labs for all sorts of vessels and containers. Unless BluTack now contains Hydrofluoric acid, I can't see it doing any damage whatsoever.

    And if it DID contain the above, there wouldn't be many people left with any fingers, as it's extremely nasty stuff...

  2. Thank you for bringing Myth Busters to my attention. The website and featured cases are well worth a read and will even raise a chuckle or two. It seems that the blu-tack issue dates from a month or so back.

  3. Anonymous2:06 PM

    Having the ‘Nanny State’s’ sillier decisions occasionally overruled by a committee set up by the Nanny State does not seem like progress to me.
    But with the absence of common sense in our society, it may be the best we can hope for.

  4. Tonk.2:41 PM

    The problem as I see it is that many of these crzy 'elf'n'safety diktats have little to do with the health, safety, welfare or protection of the public but more about bossing people around.
    Humans, as a species, have a need to tell others what to do and the "It's 'elf'N'Safety mate" basically translates as "Shut up and do as you're told." There is often little rhyme nor reason in these policies because they are bollocks and just designed to bullyn people into doing as they're told.
    Health and Safety professionals do get fed up by empire builders that use the 'Elf'N'Safety coverall to boss people around because it brings their profession into disrepute. They are now starting to fight back but, I fear it is too late; the no risk and do as you're told idea is too ingrained in our national psyche now for us to change.

    There are other coveralls that trump rational thought; these are security, child protection, equality, climate change, various isms and phobias and they are all the more authoritive if they are delivered by someone in a hi-viz jacket....That is the real state of the UK in the 21st century.

  5. Lord of Atlantis11:25 AM

    When, oh when will the British people grow some backbone and stand up to these bullying jobsworths? At least, commonsense has actually prevailed on this occasion. As Microdave pointed out, however, Hydrofluoric acid is virtually the only substance that will dissolve glass, and virtually everything else, including people! Moreover, as I understand matters, this is not the kind of item that anyone can just buy over the counter.

    1. My late father used to joke about the scientist who invented an acid that would eat through anything. Now he's desperately trying to invent something to keep it in!!!