Repetitive strain injury of elves are currently being investigated by the HSE. Elves have reported pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse. This mainly affects the elves forearms, elbows, wrists, hands, neck and shoulders.
HSE has recommended that Santa identifies and modify the task or activity that is causing the symptoms. If necessary, Santa should look to reassign the elves duties so that they stop doing the activity altogether which is causing the pain.
Santa should also complete a risk assessment of all tasks within the toy shop along with training of staff via Safehands Health and Safety Consultants Ltd
Following a request from head elf of security, Santa has agreed that CCTV will be installed around the whole of the Toy Shop.
As this task involves working at height Santa recommends that they bring in Safehands Health and Safety based in Lossiemouth to train all elves on ladder safety to ensure work is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent elves.
Data protection Elf will ensure that CCTV data captured is covered in the data protection policy
HSE attended site last week after a lengthy investigation into Reindeer Dust. It found that both Elves and Santa need to have dust masks issued and worn to protect against the risk from the hazardous Reindeer Dust.
The investigation has found that regularly breathing reindeer dust has the same affects as construction dust which can cause diseases like lung cancer, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and silicosis.
If was found that Santa and his workers have a high risk of developing these diseases because the reindeers produce high levels of reindeer dust.
All Elves are to be issued PPE including glasses capable of filtering out any harmful effects of UVA produced from Rudolph’s nose shining. All shinning of the nose needs to be contained within a strictly designated area marked off with yellow warning tape.
All Staff planning on dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh, going over the fields and laughing all the way are now required to undertake a risk assessment addressing the safety of said open sleigh. This assessment must consider whether it is appropriate to use a one horse or such venture, particularly when there are multiple or larger passengers involved. To avoid offending those not participating in celebrations, we request laughter is done in moderation only and not loud enough to be considered a noise nuisance.
Following a recent training flight issue, it has been agreed that StarNavigation is not to be used for the big day, instead, the elves will issue an AA Route Map and a reputable Sat Nav to Santa to ensure the quickest route is carried out and provide Santa with Reindeer Fuel Consumption. Prior to the big day Santa must ensure that he has completed his Confined Space Entry Awareness training at Safehands Health and Safety Consultants in Lossiemouth.