Yesterday's article about HMRC's £8 lever arch files appears to opened up a can of worms. My thanks to a loyal reader who posted this comment about a number of issues (including the cost of moving a PC from one desk to another, and health and safety issues):
"If, as I suspect, paper usage (wastage) has increased, then sustainability is a misnomer. They have to pay to have the damn stuff shredded, at which point they cease ownership, it then goes for recycling and processing and becomes recycled, at which point they pay over the odds, probably with no volume discount FFS!Is HMRC really as badly run as this, or are these isolated "one off" issues?
It is all smoke and mirrors, its not their money so why should they worry about discounts etc?
Anyone asked how much it costs to move a PC from one desk to another? You might be surprised as well as disgusted.
get an FOI on Mapely non-adherence to H&S and fire regulations when it comes to buildings - more surprises. One of their largest buildings had firedoors that were so poor that the seals wouldn't stop smoke and heat to such an extent the Fire Brigade had to warn them twice and almost caused the building to be closed before remedial work was undertaken.
Other SNAFU's have included obstructing fire escape routes with boxes of files, whiteboards etc. and then moving the whiteboards to clear the obstruction but then finding they have now obstructed the fire extinguishers! Of course, an inanimate object like a whiteboard couldn't cause problems, could it? Yep, they were so dangerous because of the lack of space in a lot of offices that people were tripping over the wide legs. Solution, application of hazard marking sticky tape and retention of whiteboards!!!
Then there was the evacuation of a set of offices because of a suspect package in the post room, did they evacuate staff via nearest fire escape or safe secondary route, nope, they made the staff walk past the postroom, despite protestations from those that new the risks, not only did this put the staff at risk from immediate contamination, it also risked spreading the contamination to the outside world. Containment would have failed and the rest could have been history. Very luckily the package did not contain an airborne pathogen. Complaints were made, the management responsible still occupy the same positions. The opposition only has to be lucky once.
HMRC management are useless, and at times plain dangerous, nobody takes them to task so the situations continue. Ce'st La Vie'"
Tax does have to be taxing.
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