A mate of ours just put on fb that hes turned Muslim,i pm'd him and said really?no hes not,but he said work text him today saying can he come in tomorrow clean shaven to be fitted for a mask!not sure what mask,would work do that?it was,(yes the daft sods shaved!)a full beard about 3in long..really hoping he hasnt been had x
Only employees i know of thst have been required to shave off beards were frontline ambulance staff (I think London Ambulance Service were first to demand it in March but i dont know if it was made an operational instruction)and frontline hospital staff nursing covid patients.Thats purely because the type of mask of higher protection standard than most often used requires a tight fit to the face.
Unless hes in one of those jobs where he is in high risk and direct contact with covid cases he shouldnt be required to shave off his beard. If its a practical joke then its in poor taste and irresponsible in the present circumstances.
Thats what i said to him,i think its a piss take..if i knew who it was id batter the git..he works at barrs in mk,they do drinks ,he said the bloke who text him,his boss is a right t**t,so joke looks likely..my mates the most gentle,kind man..can be a bit gullible i think thats why im feeling so riled by it x
Unless hes in a health setting or packing food in sterile areas he shouldnt be required to shave his beard. Normal surgical masks and face coverings dint protect the wearer,theyre there to protect others by preventing you sneezing or coughing on people.
Most people ive ever known in hotel and pub management have been twats and ive known a lot,i think its a job requirement. Sounds like your friend has just been a victim of workplace bullying or harassment. If theyd said it to me in that line of work id have refused and let them sack me if id been there long enough to take them to tribunal.if not id have walked.
Obviously I don’t have a beard, but would not only not shave I would be telling off anybody who tried to tell me that I had to do so. If a company insists on ppe then ok, but it would need to be tailored to me, not the other way around. And I would expect them to provide it, too.
This is only thing i can find not behind a paywall on London Ambulance Service, i dont think it was made an operational instruction but advice since has been to be clean shaven where mask fits to the face so cheek and neck hair would have to go to ensure mask fit airtight. Male and female staff are allowed long hair but has to be tied up,years back it wasn't,just like in the services(except navy) End of the day if you work in these dangerous environments its in your own safety interests to adapt or leave.The health service has a health and safety liability to protect employees so provide the equipment but it has to fit properly or won't work and its an employees responsibility to comply with health and safety too.
Hospitality industry work though isnt in the same zone handling highly infectious patients and theyve no right dictating how you look to the extent of shaving beards off.