Santa and his Elf ‘n’ Safety

16 December 2017 · 2 comments

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Santa came to visit Cosy, last year when I was working there. It gave me a chance to have a quick catch up. He left presents as well as found some in the warehouse. When asked about the high vis vest he was wearing, he told us it was ‘elf ‘n’ safety.’ In addition to this:

  • He needs a risk assessment to to slide down a chimney.
  • He has to have annual eye tests to ensure 20/20 vision for driving the reindeer sledge.
  • The parcels have to be stacked heaviest first, in case the ones at height should slip off accidentally.
  • He’s had manual handling training for lifting the sack and can no longer swing it over his shoulder.
  • Please note the funky white gloves – essential PPE
  • He was worried about his hair getting caught up so we gave him hair grips to tie his hair back.
  • He’s still a bit confused as to whether he should be using hand sanitiser or not after patting and feeding his reindeer.
  • He really appreciates all the tipples left for him. Owing to tightening of the drink driving laws, he would prefer the tipples in sealed plastic bottles like you find in a hotel room drinks cabinet so he can consume after work is done (It will keep him stocked up all year round).
  • The reindeer still love their carrots and are well-looked after. The RSPCA do make regular checks.
  • The elves have a union, living wage and have a decent working environment. The factory remains at the North Pole providing essential work in an area of rural deprivation. He has not relocated to China.
  • I didn’t dare ask if he was CRB checked because of all the children he visits…

BUT PLEASE NOTE… Santa has not allowed H&S or other regulations and expectations to stop him from doing his job. He gets on with doing what he’s always done. Delivering presents to children across the world. 


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Karen Norman December 18, 2017 at 09:14

This blog made me smile, I am glad to know Elf ‘n’ Safety hasn’t stopped Santa doing his job. Happy Christmas.


Juliet Robertson December 18, 2017 at 09:18

Thank you! Happy Christmas too 🙂


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