Turbans in the Workplace

As from the 1 October 2015 the right for Sikhs to wear turbans, instead of safety helmets (currently only allowed on building sites) will be expanded to all workplaces, subject to various exceptions in accordance with sections 6 and 7 (Northern Ireland) of the Deregulation Act 2015.

However, this section does not apply to a Sikh who:

“(a) works, or is training to work, in an occupation that involves (to any extent) providing an urgent response to fire, riot or other hazardous situations, and

(b) is at the workplace -

(i) to provide such a response in circumstances where the wearing of a safety helmet is necessary to protect the Sikh from a risk of injury, or

(ii) to receive training in how to provide such a response in circumstances of that kind.

(6B)This section also does not apply to a Sikh who -

(a) is a member of Her Majesty’s forces or a person providing support to Her Majesty’s forces, and

(b) is at the workplace -

(i) to take part in a military operation in circumstances where the wearing of a safety helmet is necessary to protect the Sikh from a risk of injury, or

(ii) to receive training in how to take part in such an operation in circumstances of that kind.”

 

Authors: Howard Tilney

Published: 29 Sep 2015

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