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Case 24 - Complainant told they could not use gym whilst lifting weights without wearing trainers

Issue

The complainant was told they could not use the gym whilst lifting weights without wearing trainers, even though it is accepted knowledge that they cause instability and thus lead to more injuries than lifting "barefoot".

Panel decision

There is no health and safety regulation requiring shoes to be worn or not whilst using free weights. It would be better if the gym management simply explained the real reasons for its shoe policy, whether it is for hygiene or other reasons.

2012-05-18