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Nurses told Not to Wear Crocs on the Job
Posted by David Cant on September 21, 2011
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Nurses have to take health and safety very seriously for obvious reasons. However, this is not the only profession where wearing the correct gear is of paramount importance.  Health and safety consultants spend many hours discussing the correct safety gear to wear on construction, with hard hats being one piece of protective gear that gets a lot of attention.

Footwear is Just as Important as Head Gear

Just like hats, it is vital that the footwear worn by workers is suitable, and steel toe boots are common place in many industries.  Nurses on the other hand have taken to one of the high street trends in recent years. Crocs are worn by many men and women in the profession for a number of reasons.  Mainly they are comfortable for wear for many hours, and they can be washed easily. So any spillages of any kind can be safely washed away.

Hygiene is especially important as the health and safety services will tell you.  In a hospital there have been serious outbreaks of dangerous bugs which seem to become stronger and more deadly each year. Nurses have taken to wearing the crocs so that they can quickly wash and dry there shoes to help stop infections from spreading and germs being transferred from place to place.

Safety Fears See the End of Crocs on the Wards

Now hospital bosses have decided to ban the modern day footwear for safety fears.  The move has not gone down well with the nurses and they are not too pleased by having to wear the white trainers as requested. The nurses up and down the UK have stated that the trainers get filthy and covered in unsightly stains, they are harder to wash and can spread germs around easily.

Hospital bosses are claiming that the crocs are dangerous to wear as the front and the back of the shoe are more exposed.  This means that sharp implements can easily pierce the skin and on one or two occasions accidents like this have been reported.  The ban on crocs covers England, Wales and the same ban has been imposed in the United States, Canada as well as Sweden and Austria.

Dress Code Must Be Adhered To

According to the Royal College of Nursing in Wales, Peter Meredith Smith said that he expects all of the nursing staff to listen to the advice about health and safety and follow the uniform code.  He made no comment as to whether he agreed with the ban or not.

The executive director of nursing, Ruth Walker, also remained quiet on the subject only to sat that although the comfort of nurses was important, health and safety was paramount. Therefore it appears that despite the angry backlash from the nursing community, crocs will no longer be part of the uniform, despite their obvious benefits.

Uniforms are not only there to help employees look smart. On many occasions the uniforms are protective clothing specifically designed to help keep you safe while working. As an employer it is your duty to make sure that the correct protective gear is made available to staff and the health and safety services can train you in this area.  Call 0800 1488 677 to discuss protective clothing with the health and safety consultants, to make sure the uniform is doing its job properly.


David Cant is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner extraordinaire. He has a wealth of Industry experience and is the MD of Veritas Consulting. David also Blogs about Health and Safety here Health and Safety Consultants

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