Thursday, 30 August 2012

'Do Not Hold The Wrong End Of A Chainsaw' And Other Unnecessary Warnings

We've all seen this one, haven't we? You would hope that it was merely an isolated example of 'elf and safety gone mad, but, sadly, no.

Out there, in the big wide world are all too many instances of manufacturers and various quangos thinking we are so simple we need to be warned against ourselves. Indeed, you could be forgiven for wondering just how much they are paid to come up with such a fascinating array of uses for some of our most common appliances. They're certainly imaginative.

Let's take your ipod shuffle. You play music on it, right? But there is so much more you might be tempted to do with it. In the instructions, they warn you, 'Do not eat iPod shuffle'. And there you were, just preparing to slap it between two slices of bread with a nice bit of Emmental.

A brand of table salt contained the warning 'high in sodium'. Er - yes, isn't that the point?

A can of air freshener declared that it must be used 'by trained personnel only'. Can I get an NVQ in that then?

A bottle of dog shampoo warned,'Caution: The contents of this bottle should not be fed to fish' while a hairdryer wisely counselled, 'Do not use while sleeping' and a box of rat poison proclaimed, 'Warning: has been found to cause cancer in laboratory mice.'

Then there is another breed of  label. The one that simply defies logic:

Bizarrely, a bathroom heater stated, 'This product must not be used in bathrooms'. Uh?

Finally, beware when you are visiting your local zoo. You may just come across this one:


  1. These warnings demonstrate what results from the fear of lawsuits. I once had an OSHA inspection at my copy center and was told I must run a class for my employees on how to use Windex because I had a bottle in the back room. Dumb!

  2. Good grief! I don't know how I have survived all these years

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