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Uniforms and workwear:  an evidence base for developing local policy

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    Department of Health
  • Published date:
    17 September 2007
  • Primary audience:
    Health and social care professionals
  • Publication format:
    A4:Electronic only
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The possibility of transmitting infections via uniforms is an important issue for employers, staff and patients.  When organisations review their policies on staff dress, they need access to the legal (including Health and Safety legal) framework, an evidence base and good practice examples.

The Department of Health Working Group on Uniforms and Laundry has put together an evidence base on the wearing and laundering of uniforms. This document outlines the existing legal requirements and current findings, to support and advise employers when reviewing local policies in this area.

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