asked the Paymaster General if representatives of the Sikh community were consulted on the proposed new guidance note on managing health and safety in construction.
No. However, the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has published a consultative document on proposed regulations making the wearing of head protection compulsory in construction work. This has attracted a number of representations from the Sikh community whose views will be considered carefully by the HSC and Ministers.
asked the Paymaster General what has been the incidence of head injuries to construction workers wearing turbans in each of the past five years.
The Health and Safety Executive has no records of any fatal injuries of this kind, but information on the wearing of turbans is not systematically included in its accident records.