Sikh exemption from wearing a safety helmet on a construction site is extended to all workplaces

Implementation date: 1 October 2015

The Deregulation Act 2015 amends s.11 of the Employment Act 1989 (exemption of Sikhs from requirements as to wearing of safety helmets on construction sites) to exempt turban-wearing Sikhs from having to wear a safety helmet at any workplace.

Some limited exceptions where employers can require Sikhs to wear safety helmets will remain, mainly involving the armed forces and emergency response situations.