Picture if you will: our scene, the kitchen in the admin part of a hospital where I used to work.
I think someone had burnt the toast and called the fire brigade out* again.
A new poster appeared listing suggested ways of using the toaster, and some dos and don’ts for safe and successful toasting. And above these bullet points sat a worrying headline. “THIS TOASTER HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED AS MEDIUM RISK.”
Now. As everyone knows, health and safety (like its brother political correctness before it) has gone mad**. And people who do risk assessments are easy game. But, all else aside, I must question the status of the toaster as medium risk.
Consider what else had taken place under the hospital roof that morning:
1. Three cases of open-heart surgery
2. One leg amputation following a motorcycle accident
3. Brain surgery (possibly)
and so on, and so on. You get the idea.
* being a large hospital, the fire alarm would automatically cause the fire brigade to be called out, in case you were thinking that the person in question was being needlessly cautious.
** note: I do not actually consider either of these disciplines to have gone mad, figuratively or literally.