CODE OF DRESSING
PART OF THE POLICY FORMED BY
IT MAY BE A WRITTEN RULE AND SHOULD
BE FOLLOWED BY EVERY EMPLOYEE.
DRESSING PATTERN AND TYPE OF DRESS
VARIES ACCORDING TO THE JOB.
IT SHOULD BE HELPFUL IN PROVIDING
UNIFORMITY AMONG EMPLOYEES.
The Importance of Dress
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delivering front-line medical
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• It is important for a health care worker who works
in a hospital setting , to know how and for what he
should follow a dressing pattern.
1. IMPRESSION TO perspectives
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2. Keeping Up Appearances
HYGEINE AND SAFETY
3. INFECTION CONTROL
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EVEN THOUGH THE GUIDELINES IN DR
MAY VARY FROM EACH AND EVERY ORGANISATION , THER
MAY BE SOME COMMON ASPECTS WHICH SHOULD BE
FOLLOWED BY EVERYONE.
• IT SHOULD BE OF A SUITABLE COLOUR ,FABRIC AND STYLE WHICH
REFLECTS HIS/HER PROFFESSION.
• DRESS SHOULD BE CLEAN , NEAT AND STITCHED WELL.
• SHOULD PROVIDE SAFETY TO THE EMPLOYEE AND PATIENTS.
• SUITABLE TO PERFORM EVERY DUTIES OF EMPLOYEE.
AN OUTLINE OF A HOSPITAL DRESS CODE
ACCEPTABLE MODE OF DRESSES
UNACCEPTABLE MODE OF
1. SHIRTS SHOULD HAVE COLLARS
2. SHIRTS MUST BE TUCKED IN.
3. GOOD AND NEAT FOOTWEARS.
4. NAME BADGES
5. WHITE COATS
6. TOPS SHOULD BE LONG ENOUGH
TO COVER ABDOMEN ,BACK AND
7. HAIRS SHOULD BE TIED BACK.
8. ORNAMENT USAGE SHOULD BE
1. HALTER AND TANK TOPS
2. LOW CUT BLOUSES OR
3. SHORT SHORTS OR DRESSES
4. VISIBLE UNDER GARMENTS
5. LONG PANTS
6. SWEAT SHIRTS
8. OPEN FOOTWEARS
9. JEANS AND T SHIRTS
10. FRAGRANCES ETC.
AN EXAMPLE OF DRESS CODE POLICY IN A
For staffs not required to wear a uniform
Female employees can wear skirts, blouses, smart T-shirts,suits etc.
Male employees can wear business suits, sports jackets, blazers,
trousers, smart Tshirts,shirts .
Non acceptable Clothings
• Casual trousers or skirts (all colours and styles), tracksuits, casual
sports T-shirts, leisure shorts, combat
trousers, sweatshirts, caps/hats, overly tight or revealing
clothes, including mini-skirts, low cut tops or those revealing the midriff
and clothing bearing inappropriate slogans. Trousers or skirts that are
of a length that they touch the ground when walking are not acceptable
on safety and hygiene grounds.
Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment
Staff in roles that require protective clothing are required to wear this while carrying
out their duties in accordance with health and safety requirements .
Footwear must be safe, sensible, in good order, smart and clean and have regard to
health and safety considerations. High heels and plastic chappals are not
acceptable. Certain jobs require staff to wear protective footwear which should be
Visible tattoos are to be discouraged and offensive ones should be appropriately covered.
Jewellery and Piercing
Jewellery for clinical staff must be kept to a minimum. Wrist watches must be worn when
providing clinical care, which includes examining patient . Facial/body piercing is not permitted
Hair should be neat and tidy at all times and in the clinical environment. Long hair
should be tied back. Headscarves worn for religious purposes are permitted in most
areas, however they are excluded in areas such as theatre, where they could
present a health and safety and cross-infection hazard. Beards should be short and
neatly trimmed. Beards should be covered with a hood when undertaking aseptic procedures.
Staff who wear facial coverings for religious reasons are expected to remove them
while on duty.
General requirements for uniform wearers
1. The uniform should be worn in a clean and presentable fashion and all staff must
have access to a spare uniform in case one becomes soiled during the shift.
2. Smart and appropriate shoes should be worn.
3. Nail varnish, false nails and false eyelashes are not permitted. Nails should be sufficiently
short to ensure safe patient contact and good hand hygiene.
4. The uniforms issued must not be altered or added to by the individual.
5. All staff should change out of their uniform before going off duty.
6. Staff who smoke must not smoke in uniform.
Specific Uniform Groups
There are many groups of employee who does same kind of job are provided with
same kind of dresses, which serves to identify them for patients and other staffs in the hospital like
Nurses, Midwives, Dental Nurses Radiology, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists
Medical and Dental Staff etc
A number of clinical and non clinical staff groups are required to wear protective
clothing as part of their individual role. The principles are based upon the need for
• Patient safety
• Personal safety
• Statutory regulatory requirements
• Work environment
• Health and safety requirements
• Infection control requirements
Scrubs must be clean at the beginning of every shift and changed each time they become stained
with blood or body fluids.
When leaving these areas, the member of staff should change into their own clothes.
Unless attending a clinical emergency, it is not acceptable to wear scrubs outside the theatre .
When attending a clinical emergency, scrubs should be covered with a clean white coat and theatre
headgear and masks removed.
Staff should wear well fitted dedicated operating theatre footwear. These must be decontaminated
on a regular basis, particularly when visibly dirty or when contaminated with blood or body fluids.
In the operating theatre, hair must be entirely covered with a clean,disposable hat.
Protective eyewear with visors, appropriate aprons and gloves must be readily
available in every theatre .
8. Theatre gowns is recommended to protect both the patient and individual staff
9. Headscarves must not be worn in the operating theatre.
Visitors to the operating theatre complex
Any visitor entering an operating theatre must change into scrubs and suitable footwear
1. All catering staff involved in the preparation and service of food must wear
the appropriate uniform, headwear and, where required, protective shoes.
2. For hygiene reasons no jewellery can be worn.
3. Staff working in a kitchen environment must ensure that their hair is kept
covered at all times, and beards must be covered with an appropriate facial
mask/hood when preparing food.