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Mr A Willmore email@example.com
28 March 2019
Dear Mr Willmore, Freedom of Information request – RFI20190474
Thank you for your request to the BBC of 13 March 2019 seeking the following information under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000:
“By "horseplay" I refer to the practice of unauthorised fooling around in the work place, which can
include running, jumping, playing of pranks, racing, competing, grabbing, unwanted physical
contact and incorrect use of facilities and equipment.
It is my experience that most employers have a strict policy that prevents horseplay on their
premises at all times and which usually includes details of appropriate punishments for the
perpetrator(s). I have looked through BBC Safety's web pages (https://www.bbc.co.uk/safety/) but I
cannot find anything that specifically refers to misbehaviour of the type I describe above.
I would be grateful if you would provide me with the BBC's policy on such behaviour on BBC
premises. Thank you.”
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Yours sincerely, Information Rights
BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre
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London W12 7TP
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organisations covered by the Act. Application to the BBC
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wel as Channel 4 and S4C) by saying that it covers information “held for purposes other than
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