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Turbans in place of hard hats: How the UK is handling it

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September 2, 2016 by Alec Caldwell

1443682785_sikhI thought I’d revisit this sometimes touchy subject, where it seems nothing has moved forward safety-wise on the wearing of turbans on construction sites. I last wrote about this in April last year (Does wearing a hard hat stop your religious freedom?)

Canada is one of the most multicultural societies on Earth. You would think we would have, by now, a clearly-stated government policy on turbans instead of hard hats on the job site.

But we don’t.

The UK does. They’ve had it for almost a year now.

Last October, the British government came out with a very clear policy.  As MP Priti Patel said in a press release: “Turban-wearing Sikhs will now have the right to choose not to wear head protection and will be exempt from legal requirements to wear a safety helmet in all workplaces… Should an individual suffer injuries as a consequence of not wearing head protection, employers will be legally protected through the extension of limited liability.”

Read the official UK policy on turbans in place of hard hats on construction sites here.

Would this work in Canada? Let us know what you think!

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Alec Caldwell

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Alec Caldwell is the Founder of CARAHS, a Health & Safety Organization. We are approved providers by the Ministry of Labour (Ontario) to teach Working at Heights Training (Pro#34609) Visit the Ministry of Labour's web site to view our listing
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1 Comment » for Turbans in place of hard hats: How the UK is handling it
  1. dave says:

    I would say this would work; It would be seen as more fair if this rule was applicable to all workers. We can only protect people from themselves so much.
    As important as safety is, employers should have only be responsible for the provision and education on all PPE and leave the onus on the workers to choose to use it or not, Hard hats included.