Editor, Safety & Health Practitioner

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Ian joined Informa (formerly UBM) in 2018 as the Editor of Safety & Health Practitioner. Ian studied journalism at university before spending seven years in online fantasy gaming.

Prior to moving to Informa, Ian worked in business to business trade print media, in the automotive sector. He was Online Editor and then moved on to be the Editor of two publications aimed at independent automotive technicians and parts distributors.

December 18, 2019

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Reusable cups ‘banned’ on Irish Rail trains for ‘health & safety’ reasons

Irish Rail has been criticised by customers for stating that it will only fill certain reusable cups on its trains, due to the ‘speed of the trains’ and customer cups ‘not being able to fit correctly on its machines’.

keep cupConcerns over scalding has been cited as the reason that Irish Rail has said it’s stopping stopped refilling customers keep cups for hot drinks on its trains.

The firm said that an ongoing trail of its own reusable cups has caused the issue, as only those cups are compatible with its on-board drinks trolley.

A spokeswoman for Irish Rail told BBC News NI it was a “bespoke cup that is designed to fit under the spout of the trolley and the lids have been tested for safety purposes”.

The firm added that staff and customer health and safety was a “top priority”.

The Irish Times, which first broke this story, said that ‘to avail of a hot drink in a reusable cup, passengers have to buy a branded Enterprise Keep Cup, and all other cups – regardless of size – it seems, are blacklisted.’

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