A UK Borough Council at Bournemouth has banned it’s swimming pool staff from lending out inflatable swimming aids, on the grounds of Health and Safety.
They say unless the pool can guarantee they are bacteria-free. They should not lend them out.
It would probably be very difficult to absolutely guarantee that they were bacteria free if they were brand new and still in their packaging. One presumes the chlorinated water would take care of most bacteria that were unfortunate enough to be immersed in it though.
One disgusted parent said "This is the nanny state gone mad.” another said : "Mums and dads have been blowing up arm bands and rubber rings for decades without people keeling over from contagious illnesses."
One wonders if they have taken into account the terrible threat of catching a verruca or athletes foot?
One could be forgiven for suspecting this is driven more by a deep concern over the threat of potential litigation than concern over health.