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Case 125 - Cleaners are not allowed to wear woolly hats whilst cleaning underground stations

Issue

The enquirer is an operations Manager for a company that cleans railway underground stations and he has been told that his cleaners are not allowed to wear woolly hats by the station engagement inspector, who told us it was a health & safety issue.

Panel decision

There are no health and safety regulations which prohibit cleaners from wearing woolly hats while working. If there is a concern about the hats impeding hearing or vision or if it is simply company policy then this should be properly explained. Otherwise the wearing of woolly hats to protect against the cold would seem to be a sensible thing to do.

2013-02-14