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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Sunday, December 12, 2004

More Holiday Health Hazards

First it was the CDC informing us about the dangers to be found in holiday decorating.  Now, Britain's Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), has issued guidelines on how to host a safe and successful office party.

According to RoSPA, the way to a safe Christmas party involves the following:

"Resist the temptation to photocopy parts of your anatomy," RoSPA and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) said. "If the copier breaks, you'll have Christmas with glass in painful places."

"Dancing on desks could do them and you a lot of damage," they said. "Likewise, the boardroom table is meant for weighty documents, not overweight executives."

Candles, flaming Christmas puddings and cigarettes should be avoided at all costs.

Stepladders, not swivel chairs, should be used to hang tinsel and mistletoe, which should not be hung near sources of heat.

"Keep a close eye on those who may drink too much," the organizations advised. "Alcohol makes some people aggressive rather than friendly. The party will be spoiled if it ends in a punch-up or harassment complaint."

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