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Thursday, 15 October 2009

More Pubco H&S nonsense

So I'm helping out a house within one of the (biggest) pubco's managed divisions and I overhear the manager explaining to the cleaning staff that they have additional responsibilities with regards to any contractors that might need to be admitted outside of opening hours.

Firstly, that they should ask for I.D (fair enough, though I fail to see how they might verify such identification), and secondly - get this - that they must make sure all visiting contractors are aware of all the fire exits in case of an emergency.

As representatives of the pub company, cleaning staff now have a duty of care towards outside workers, apparently.

After the manager and the visiting auditor talked briefly about the difficulty in ensuring the hired help adhere to company policies, and how it counts against the manager if they fail to meet health and safety requirements, I couldn't hold it in a moment longer!

"WTF? When a customer approaches the bar to request a pint of your mighty beverage, do you say 'woooaaah, just hold on there feller! ...Not before we talk Fire exits'!? - No - cos there's bloody great illuminated signs everywhere for them to see!"



Its surprising how few managers question requirements that come down from headquarters. All this is about is somebody somewhere wanting to justify their importance to the company. Somebody needs to compile evidence of the impact they've made within the company at their year-end appraisal.

If your Ops Director tries to pass down this latest guff simply send them to me and I'll be happy to explain how the pub trade works (just fine without such nonsense)!

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