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Case 16 - Building site has told employees that they cannot wear shorts at work

Issue

A building site has told its employees that they cannot wear shorts at work and provided plastic waterproof trousers for one of the employees when he arrived for work in shorts.

Panel decision

There are some situations where construction workers will need to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) which can include long trousers. For example, working with wet cement against bare skin can be a serious hazard resulting in skin complaints. If the complainant thinks they are being asked to wear unnecessary PPE they should take it up with their employer.

2012-09-05