Toasters banned at Stroud Maternity Hospital because of health and safety fears


TOASTERS have been banned at Stroud Maternity Hospital - because NHS managers fear they pose a risk to health and safety.
A whistle-blower, who contacted the SNJ, said county NHS bosses had ordered that the kitchen appliances be 'confiscated' from nurses because they were deemed to be a 'fire hazard'.
The prohibition appears to have bemused and angered midwives who like to offer tea and toast to mums after they have given birth.
"Until last week, a woman who gave birth at Stroud Maternity Unit could look forward to comforting tea and toast at any time of the day or night," the anonymous informer said.
"Midwives in the early hours could relax briefly with hot buttered toast. It was all part of the mother-friendly, baby-friendly atmosphere - but not any more."
The whistle-blower added that the decision might come 'as a bit of a shock to the 10  million toaster owners in the UK.
"It is nice to know that the great brains of the NHS management are concerned with such important matters and act with strict regard to logic, efficiency and compassion," they said.
In a statement, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said toast would still be available at the hospital canteen but confirmed that toasters were not allowed in 'non-clinical areas for staff use'.
"Toast is often used as a snack to help people who are unwell or who are coming round from operations," it said.
"We toast hundreds of slices every day for our patients and have no plans to stop doing this where appropriate.
"Like many organisations, we do not permit toasters in non-clinical areas for staff use, however, toast is available for our staff in our restaurants."

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10:22am Wed 5 Sep 12

chrisrainbow says...

you never know if you are going to be attacked by knife weilding toast
you never know if you are going to be attacked by knife weilding toast chrisrainbow

4:02pm Wed 5 Sep 12

AbbieG says...

There is something in the health and safety world called behavioural safety training this is where dangers are identified such as an appliance and staff are trained in how to use that appliance correctly without putting themselves or others in danger. However this story about a staff not being able to use a toaster of all things is just silly!
There is something in the health and safety world called behavioural safety training this is where dangers are identified such as an appliance and staff are trained in how to use that appliance correctly without putting themselves or others in danger. However this story about a staff not being able to use a toaster of all things is just silly! AbbieG

2:58pm Fri 7 Sep 12

B wildered says...

How exactly are the nurses going to be able to make any toast for the women who give birth when the staff restaurants are closed. I have given birth at many different times of the day and a hot drink and toast is very welcome after a long labour when I've eaten very little for over 12 hours. Do they not grasp that Midwives do not work 9 to 5, nor do they stop for regulation tea breaks or meals as women don't just switch off being in labour. I would put money on the fact that this decision was made by an office bound male. Health and safety is a poor excuse. It is no more likely to start a fire than any other toaster. As someone who works as a care assistant at night and makes toast for residents, just make up a sheet so that someone signs to say it has been emptied of crumbs daily to minimise the risk. Easy. What happened to the very nice Dualit toaster that was in the maternity ward for the mothers to use? Has that been taken too?
How exactly are the nurses going to be able to make any toast for the women who give birth when the staff restaurants are closed. I have given birth at many different times of the day and a hot drink and toast is very welcome after a long labour when I've eaten very little for over 12 hours. Do they not grasp that Midwives do not work 9 to 5, nor do they stop for regulation tea breaks or meals as women don't just switch off being in labour. I would put money on the fact that this decision was made by an office bound male. Health and safety is a poor excuse. It is no more likely to start a fire than any other toaster. As someone who works as a care assistant at night and makes toast for residents, just make up a sheet so that someone signs to say it has been emptied of crumbs daily to minimise the risk. Easy. What happened to the very nice Dualit toaster that was in the maternity ward for the mothers to use? Has that been taken too? B wildered

1:04pm Sun 9 Sep 12

LadyEv says...

I think this "health and safety" rule was probably introduced because the NHS want to save the few pence it costs in Electricity to make the Toast. How very sad some of the Jobsworth people are, its time the NHS started getting rid of these peoples jobs as they are such a waste of time and money:-}
I think this "health and safety" rule was probably introduced because the NHS want to save the few pence it costs in Electricity to make the Toast. How very sad some of the Jobsworth people are, its time the NHS started getting rid of these peoples jobs as they are such a waste of time and money:-} LadyEv

9:17pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Sir_Rom says...

I suspect this is just laziness on someones part, easier to ban it rather than carry out a proper risk assessment. Take a look at the following website from the HSE -
http://www.hse.gov.u
k/myth/index.htm
I suspect this is just laziness on someones part, easier to ban it rather than carry out a proper risk assessment. Take a look at the following website from the HSE - http://www.hse.gov.u k/myth/index.htm Sir_Rom

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