WHAT IS AREA DRESS CODE POLICY FOR LECTURERS?
Dress Code Policy
To provide staff with a dress code that will convey a positive and professional image to internal and
This policy addresses specific expectations, and includes guidelines for dress and appearance for
Hamilton Community Health Network employees. HCHN reserves the right to determine what is
acceptable or not acceptable in terms of professional image. Employees must recognize there is a
difference between fashion for home or casual events and professional work attire. Staff members
must exercise good judgment in selecting appropriate dress for work.
Statement of Standard Practice:
Cleanliness is essential for all employees in every detail. All clothing shall be appropriate in size for the
employee's frame, and shall be cleaned, pressed, and in good condition. The following are
prerequisites to good grooming:
• Good personal hygiene, regular bathing and good oral hygiene.
• Use of a deodorant.
• Clean attire daily.
• Because of fragrance allergies/sensitivities among internal and external customers,
perfume, cologne, after-shave should be of minimal use.
Staff that work in the clinics have the option to wear uniforms that must consist of a lab coat, shirt or
blouse, uniform pants and white or black leather walking shoes.
• Lab coats may be white, solid color, or patterned.
• Shirts or blouses must conform to the overall dress policy of HCHN.
• Croc style shoes, white or black leather walking shoes must be clean and in good repair.
• Nylons or socks must be worn.
Staff who do not wear scrubs should choose business attire such as dresses, pants, shirts, blouses,
dress shirts, ties, suits, and skirts. The style and color of an employee's clothing are the individual
employee's choice; however, an overall appearance that tends to attract undue attention to the wearer
is unsuitable. Clothing must be in good taste and conducive to work function.
HCHN has deemed Friday as a Casual Dress day each week. Employees are permitted to wear
appropriate blue jeans on this day. Employees must use professional judgment and good taste.
Prohibited clothing and Uniforms rules still apply.
THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS APPLY TO ALL EMPLOYEES REGARDLESS OF JOB TITLE:
All employees are required to wear appropriate uniforms or attire during normal business hours.
Any jewelry worn should be minimal and in good taste and consistent with the safety and professional
work environment. No jewelry will be allowed that interferes and/or poses a safety or health risk to
employees or patients.
Inappropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to:
• Shorts, cropped styled pants, capri's, gauchos, culottes, calf length slacks, skorts,
• Mini-skirts, mid-thigh pants, biking shorts or leggings
• Shirts with suggestive wording or pictures, sweat suit
• Denim jeans (except on Casual "Blue Jean" Friday)
• Sweatshirts, T-shirts, tank tops (except for HCHN shirts/sweatshirts)
• Canvas tennis shoes
• Hats or bandannas
• See-through or low cut blouses
• Sundresses without jacket/sweater
• Sleeveless shirts/blouses without jacket/sweater
• Halter tops, bare backs or midriffs
• Thong-type shoes
• Clothing which is not appropriate to body size, i.e., extreme "baggy" or "tight"
Socks or nylons must be worn at all times with shoes.
1. Footwear must be clean, in good repair, and of a style that does not hinder work performance or
personal safety. To promote safe movement, walking shoes or flats are recommended. While
"sport" shoes may be safe and comfortable, they must be professional looking and appropriate.
2. Not appropriate: Canvas tennis shoes, sandals (i.e., flip flops, beach footwear), slippers, cowboy
boots and moccasins.
3. Open toe shoes and sandals are not allowed in the clinics.
Fingernails should be neat, clean, and of moderate length. Staff working in patient care areas nails
must not be greater than a ¼ inch length beyond fingertip. Artificial nails are prohibited for infection
control reasons for all patient care staff, those employees who receive standard precautions annual
training and/or handle items to which patients are exposed. If nail polish is worn, it shall be in good
repair. Nail art and nail colors that are extreme are not appropriate for the health care environment.
1. Hair must be neat in appearance at all times and must not detract from the total professional
appearance of the employee.
2. Hair must be clean, combed, and neat.
3. Mustaches, beards, goatees and sideburns are acceptable only if they are clean and neatly
Employees that violate the dress code policy will be sent home to change their work attire. Employees who
are sent home must "punch out" when leaving the premises and "punch in" when returning to work, and
will not be compensated for any work time missed because of failure to comply with this policy. Employees
in violation of the Dress Code Policy will be disciplined accordingly.
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