Myth Busters – Primary school staff asked not to take any drinks onto the playground during breaks

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Here is a case I hear a lot about from teachers.

Case 327 – Primary school staff asked not to take any drinks onto the playground during breaks

Issue

For health and safety reasons staff at a primary school were asked not to take drinks, including cold ones, out onto the playground during breaks to safeguard the children.

Panel decision

This is one of the most extreme cases the panel has dealt with in relation to disproportionate restriction of drinks around children. It relates not only to hot drinks, but includes cold drinks on highly improbable grounds including the possibility of a child suffering an allergic reaction. Occupational health and safety law does not ban teachers from having a cuppa and even less a refreshing cold drink, whilst on playground duty, and to suggest it does is just preposterous. If the head wants to impose ridiculous rules on staff, he/she should not use health and safety as a convenient cover.

Some schools / nurseries have a local policy of not allowing hot drinks onto the playground where small children are, so they issue staff with insulated cups with the school logo printed on them. For areas with small children make sure the lid is screw on not push fit.

 

http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/

One thought on “Myth Busters – Primary school staff asked not to take any drinks onto the playground during breaks

  1. Suzie

    thank you for this. my son is not allowed drink of water on the playground during the brake time. by the time he gets to the class there is not time for a drink. sometimes he comes home completely thirsty because he did not get a chance to have a drink. that’s so irresponsible.
    thanks again, will print your article and take it to school.

    Reply

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