Monday, July 11, 2011



HIPRF stands for Herbicides, Insecticides, Pesticides, Rodenticides and Fungicides. These are chemicals that are used to deal with weeds, insects, spiders, slugs, mice and fungus. They are used in all sorts of places, particularly outside, on lawns, pathways and driveways.

You do not know how often you are picking up these chemicals on your shoes. If you wear shoes in your house, you are introducing them onto your floor and into the dust that you breath. HIPRFs are toxins that are designed to kill lifeforms. Hence they can present health risks, particularly to children.


Gemma said...

I find that with my friends, who like me have young children, it is almost taken for granted that we remove our shoes in each others homes.

I wish more people would underatand all the muck and germs you can pick up.

It amazes me that at the nusery where my kids go people just walk in without even wiping their feet sometimes!!

When I leave home I always leave my shoes un- buckled so I can slip them off at the nursery.

Sandro said...

That's very reasonable of yours, Gemma. Where are you from?

Matthew Celestis said...

Gemma, thanks so much for visiting and leaving your comment.

I'm guessing you are British.

Are people supposed to remove their shoes at this nursery.

Gemma said...

Hi - yes I am from the UK (Bath).

No people are'nt asked to remove their shoes I just wish people would or at least bother wiping their feet!!

The children often play on the floor and remove thier shoes.

Also to be fair the staff remove their shoes, and some go shoeless and others change into slippers.

Sandro said...

Thank you for the reply, Gemma

Matthew Celestis said...

There do seem to be a fair few nurseries that require shoes-off.

A lot of childminders who look after children in their homes have a no-shoes rule.

richyrich said...

And when nurseries do have shoes off policies, inspectors will comment favourably on that in their reports.

Moderate Mouse said...

I don't know if you remember this, but I had mentioned that when I was visiting my aunt and uncle one year, I saw that one of the nurseries in the church they go to had a shoes-off rule. (Not that I had any reason to go in there. I'm just saying.) I don't know how common that is here in the US as I don't generally have any cause to go anywhere near one, but as far as I've been aware it's not.

Anonymous said...

Not sure whether this is of interest, but a girl I know was advised by the Health and Safety Officer in her office to take her high heels off when sat at her desk in order to help improve her posture.

Matthew Celestis said...

Thankyou very much for visiting and sharing that.

It's definitely good medical advice. Being in high heels all day is not very good for you.

I wonder if the Daily Mail would say that is 'elf and safety gone mad.'

Anonymous said...

She did'nt seem to mind and has statred doing it.

Matthew Celestis said...

Good for her.