Is it discriminatory to require hospital staff to be clean shaven to facilitate the effective wearing of personal protective equipment?

Link to article at PubMed

Med Leg J. 2021 Mar 14:25817220980976. doi: 10.1177/0025817220980976. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

National Health Service employers are subject to legal duties to protect the health and safety of their employees and third parties who come into contact with their staff. In order to discharge these duties, National Health Service employers must implement a range of protective measures to mitigate risk. One such measure is to require staff to wear personal protective equipment, including respiratory protective equipment, in certain circumstances. This is of particular importance during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the presence of facial hair has a negative impact on the effectiveness of respiratory protective equipment. This article discusses whether a requirement to be clean shaven could amount to discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.

PMID:33715521 | DOI:10.1177/0025817220980976

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