So last week, I went on a health and safety course, and I learned all about asbestos and manual handling and other things. Naturally, I had to do it because I work with sharp things, drills, chisels, my wit, etc. but if you’re a humble office worker, perhaps you’re typing up minutes to a meeting about the sales figures of Oats So Simple porridge, should you be so concerned with health and safety?
Of course you bloody should, and to bring this to your attention, 3M have launched a campaign called ‘Wise Choices’, and have employed Ewen Macintosh from The Office to star as Barry, an inept, and quite dangerous office purchasing manager, displaying the disregard to health and safety shown by many an office worker. I remember on my year out from uni, my manager has a similar attitude. He’s probably dead now. Well, maybe he’s dead. OK, so he’s probably not dead, but if he had have been dead, well that would have made my point much clearer.
Anyway, there’s 10 of these short little films and you can view them all HERE, they’re fairly funny, and clearly show off a bit of Ewen’s Office credentials. The idea is to make sure YOU’RE not the office Barry, and you pay proper attention to Health and Safety in the workplace, for your own sake and for the sake of others.
This is my favourite, because I’m a sucker for a man wearing a peephole bra on his face. No, not in a sexual way.
While you’re looking at the 3M Wise Choices site, you can also sign up to get a ‘Wise Choices’ pack, full of handy bits and bobs to help you with your safety decisions.
So, yeah, enjoy those little films, they’re pretty neat, and tell your friends. Especially any friends called Barry.