Bosses tell staff: get rid of the beards or face disciplinary action

By 11/05/2016 January 3rd, 2019 HR News

A council has told their workers that they may face employee disciplinary action if they have any form of beard or stubble.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council has told staff they must not have any facial hair as part of a health and safety regulation.

Failure to cooperate could even see the employee face actions such as loss of pay.

The rule is aimed specifically at workers who are in dusty conditions such as; repairmen, carpenters, plumbers and construction workers.

The council have said that workers can also wear special face masks which protect workers when working with asbestos.

In an official statement, the council have said:

“Health and safety legislation requires that employers must protect the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees, as far as is reasonably practicable; it also states that employees have a duty to take care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their actions at work… Employees must co-operate with employers and co-workers and comply with reasonable requests made by them, to help everyone meet their legal requirements”

Health and safety are one of the more ever-present HR topics that seem to always cause a stir and this appears to be no different.

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