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Case 143 - A sports centre with a swimming pool is insisting on plastic outer shoes being worn before customers enter the changing rooms

Issue

A sports centre provide and insist that patrons visiting that wish to swim or take children to lessons, place plastic shoe covers over outside footwear before entering the changing room area.

Panel decision

There is no health and safety regulation that requires shoe covers to be worn into swimming pool changing areas. Given that other swimming pools do not impose this restriction it is clear that this is a company policy not a health and safety rule. The swimming pool management should clearly state their reason rather than hiding behind the health and safety excuse.

2013-03-11