Are Sikhs working on construction sites required to wear safety helmets?
The Employment Act 1989 creates an exemption for Sikhs from the requirement to wear a safety helmet at a construction site, or other workplace, when they are wearing a turban. This exemption applies only to the followers of the Sikh religion and not to any other religious group.
Prior to 1 October 2015, the exemption for Sikhs from the requirement to wear a safety helmet applied only to construction sites. It has now been extended to all workplaces. However, there are exceptions relating to the armed forces and emergency response services, where employers can still require Sikhs to wear safety helmets.