CAMPAIGN: Legislation ‘will increase the number of workplaces that turban-wearing Sikhs can work in'
Turban-wearing Sikhs now have the right to choose whether or not to wear head protection in the workplace following new rules introduced last week.
Employees who tie their hair in the cloth will be exempt from a law forcing them to place a safety helmet over their heads in the majority of workplaces. Followers of the religion had faced the prospect of disciplinary action for wearing turbans in factories and warehouses but this has now been reversed by the government.
Those working in the construction industry, however, had been exempt from rules requiring them to wear safety helmets since 1989.
Gurinder Singh Josan, spokesperson for the Sikh Council UK, said: “We are pleased that parliament listened to our campaign and enabled this vital change in the law.
“It will make a real difference to Sikhs in the UK by increasing the number of workplaces that turban-wearing Sikhs can work in while still maintaining their religiously mandated identity.”
If a worker suffers an injury as a result of not wearing head protection, employers will be legally protected through the extension of limited liability.