As many of you will know, we received unexpected visit from the Commons Chief Fire Safety Officer yesterday morning.
I think it’s fair to say that he was not at all happy with what he saw in some of our offices, i.e. the large amounts of paper lying around. He stressed to me the need for immediate action.
I know that a clear desk policy is simply not something we do, but we do need to be seen to be taking action. Therefore this is a plea to everyone to take a dispassionate look at your office generally and your desk in particular. Do you really need ALL the newspapers/magazines/piles of paper which are lying around? If not, please, please throw some of it away as soon as possible. If you really can’t bear to part with any of it could you at least tidy up – a neat pile looks a lot less than a haphazard heap that appears to be about to fall over!
The Fire Officer will be back for a further inspection SOON, possibly as soon as FRIDAY THIS WEEK, and certainly next week.
Look at it this way, the paper attracts the mice (who use it for nesting material so the pest control officer tells me) – so less paper means fewer mice, which can’t be bad!
Parliamentary Press Gallery
They are officially a hazard. Guido could have told you that already…