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HSE responds to Leicester Mercury article, "Doormats are a health and safety hazard"

21 January 2013
“Doormats are a health and safety hazard – Leicester tower block tenants told” – Leicester Mercury, 21 January 2013

Sir, I read with interest the article entitled ‘Doormats are a health and safety hazard’ (21 January 2013) as there are no health and safety regulations prohibiting the use of doormats outside flat doors.

The council, supported by the Fire Service, have taken the view that mats should not be placed outside their flats, and have explained why (keeping fire escape routes clear of obstructions and tripping hazards), but this has nothing to do with the Health and Safety at Work Act.

If tenants have been told that it is a health and safety issue they can always challenge decisions such as these by contacting the Myth Busters Challenge Panel at

Yours faithfully,

Rosi Edwards
Regional Director
Health and Safety Executive