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Another council bans goggles as dangerous
Another council bans goggles as dangerous
Goggles have again been banned from use in a local authority swimming pool after fears a pair could "snap" onto a child's face too hard, injuring them.

Parents branded the ruling by Oxfordshire County Council's healthy and safety brigade as "nutty" and "extreme."

The council has defended its no-goggle policy claiming it reflected national guidance provided by sports bodies.

Children will now need a medical reason for them to be allowed to wear the protective eye wear in the pool during school lessons.

Last year Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to tear up health and safety regulations which "have become a music hall joke."

Oxfordshire is not alone in banning goggles. Last year, Leicestershire County Council advised schools of the "dangerous" eyewear which it said could snap back in childrenâ s faces, or make them bump into one another due to reduced peripheral vision. Hertfordshire County Council has done the same.

A spokesman for Oxfordshire County Council refused to divulge the specific reason why goggles had been banned from its swimming pools.

"This local authority, like others throughout the UK, reflects to schools the national guidance provided by various governing sport bodies on this issue," he said. The Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA) said children should be encouraged to not wear goggles in swimming lessons, but recognised they may be necessary for medical or other reasons.

It added that goggles should meet British standards and fit correctly.





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