This is a genuine memo (anonymised) from the MoJ, back from when it was the Lord Chancellor’s department. I came across it in my emails whilst I was looking for something else, so thought I’d share. I doubt if much has changed since then. Certainly from what I’ve heard it hasn’t … They’re still having meetings about staples (or so I’m reliably informed) and getting to grips with the real issues that we face in the world.
Subject: The use of Staples
To all members of staff.
It has been necessary to advise all staff that due to reports of painful cuts to hands, staples must not be used on mail for any reason.
Messengers have been instructed not to pick up mail that has been fastened with staples. If messengers see mail that has been stapled, they will bring it to the attention of staff, but the mail will not be picked up.
These instructions have been implemented in line with the Departmental Health & Safety Policy.
Royal Mail have advised me that in line with their H&S policy, mail to be franked should not be fastened with staples.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter.