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Another year is almost done...


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and soon people will start heading off to spend Christmas with friends and relatives. That means it's time for me, on behalf of all of us at PCA, to wish all of you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

We're approaching the end of our 12th year here, in the forum, and as ever I find myself wondering where all that time went. Without you all we wouldn't be here of course, and we want to thank you, yet again, for your continued help and support. Those of you who consistently offer help and advice in the various forum areas are amazing - you give freely of your time and expertise, and it's a pleasure working with you. Please keep it up - there are thousands of people out there who have reason to be grateful for what you do.

On a personal note I want to thank the small band of people who patrol the forum areas on a daily basis and notify me about spam posts. You have had a busy year, and I'm very grateful for those emails. There isn't time to acknowledge each one, and this is my chance to say a big thank you.

Our discussions in Speakers Corner don't seem to have set the world right yet, but let's keep trying. We have our ups and downs, but that's to be expected. You're a great bunch of people; please keep posting.

With our very best wishes and thanks,

FE and all at PCA

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morddwyd

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Before we get too carried away, just a note of caution from my bank of built in Celtic misery.

In my role as H&S Officer I carried out many Christmas Risk Assessments, using the HSE’s Five Steps as a basis, and I think in all fairness my expertise should be shared.

Hazards Manual handling injuries, those of smaller stature being at particular risk; E.Coli, from livestock, and other forms of food poisoning from offerings from the public; falls from height; Emphysema, and other bronchial risk from soot, these deposits may be carcinogenic; the noise from sleigh bells, if taken to excess, may be in excess of the first action level of 90dBa, and should be the subject of a separate noise assessment; falling objects.

Persons at Risk Father Christmas, elves, sundry helpers, members of the public

Actions to Reduce the Risks From the Identified Hazards Mechanical handling aids must be made available, including, but not restricted to, roller tracking, hoists and parcel trolleys. Those below a height of 1.2m must only move weights of less than 250g. The use of livestock for draught use in this day and age is questionable. Light vehicles, particularly electric ones, should be considered instead. If livestock is essential, hand washing facilities with hot and cold water, soap, nail brushes and anti septic gel must be available. Food and drink from uncertified sources is not permitted. There is no reason why sleighs cannot be driven at ground level, and access to premises should be through normal entry egress points. Sleigh bells should be restricted to one per sleigh, with a maximum diameter of 100mm and only one clapper. As in all cases of working at height, the use of catch netting is compulsory for protecting members of the public from falling objects.

Risk Assessment Score Likelihood - Very Likely - Factor 4, Severity - Serious Disablement, Long Term Health Effects - Factor 5 Score (Likelihood x Severity ) 20. Action Priority for scores of 12 to 23 is High, All actions to be completed within 7 days.

Though not a H&S issue, it should be borne in mind that those with unsupervised access to children’s’ bedrooms must be subject to stringent criminal record checks

As in all H&S issues, the excuse that "We have always done it this way" can be no excuse for a Happy Christmas.

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csqwared

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morddyd

Brilliant and I hope this is right!!

Nadolig Llawen

cc

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Mr Mistoffelees

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I have no children and I am 1.85m tall, therefore, I shall completely ignore Morddwyd's advice.

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LastChip

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morddwyd, you didn't by chance work for Tony Blair did you and I trust you had your yellow hi vis vest when you carried out your duties ;-)

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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morddwyd

HO HO HO

To all Happy Christmas and long may the forum last

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Why won't this sitr paste what you see in the reply or blue box?

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Quickbeam

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Yes, the compliments of the season to the headmaster and the team at PCA.

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fourm member

My son is a microbiologist,working for one of the giant food retailers. He gave me exactly the same warning a couple of years ago when he saw me washing the Christmas turkey.

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Quickbeam

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When I have poultry it gets washed in a bucket of slight brine on the patio.

That's because it always needs gutting and plucking first:)

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flycatcher1

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Over the years I have really enjoyed this Forum and have gained much useful information and help. Sometimes I feel angry about posts and some make me sad, almost to tears, but appreciative of my families health and general condition.

I know that Politics are not allowed but the FE often turns a blind eye and arguments become very entertaining.

Having spent a few Christmases working and abroad may we wish all those who have to work over the Holiday good cheer. And finally I do hope that the Afghanistan Adventure is soon to be a sad memory and pray for the safety of all our Forces, everywhere.

I wish all Posters, the FE ( Bless his cotton Socks), and all at Head Office a Happy, Healthy Christmas and let us all hope for a Peaceful New Year.

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