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Deregulation Act 2015

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7Requirements to wear safety helmets: exemption for Sikhs: Northern Ireland

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(1)Article 13 of the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 1990 (S.I. 1990/246) is amended in accordance with subsections (2) to (8).

(2)In paragraph (1), for “on a construction site” substitute “at a workplace”.

(3)In paragraph (2), in sub-paragraph (a), for “on a construction site” substitute “at a workplace”.

(4)In paragraph (5), in the opening words, for “on a construction site” substitute “at a workplace”.

(5)After paragraph (6) insert—

(6A)This Article does not apply to a Sikh who—

(a)works, or is training to work, in an occupation that involves (to any extent) providing an urgent response to fire, riot or other hazardous situations, and

(b)is at the workplace—

(i)to provide such a response in circumstances where the wearing of a safety helmet is necessary to protect the Sikh from a risk of injury, or

(ii)to receive training in how to provide such a response in circumstances of that kind.

(6B)This Article also does not apply to a Sikh who—

(a)is a member of Her Majesty’s forces or a person providing support to Her Majesty’s forces, and

(b)is at the workplace—

(i)to take part in a military operation in circumstances where the wearing of a safety helmet is necessary to protect the Sikh from a risk of injury, or

(ii)to receive training in how to take part in such an operation in circumstances of that kind.

(6)In paragraph (7)—

(a)omit the definitions of “building operations”, “works of engineering construction” and “construction site”;

(b)before the definition of “injury”, insert—

  • “Her Majesty’s forces” has the same meaning as in the Armed Forces Act 2006;;

(c)at the end insert—

  • “workplace” means any premises where work is being undertaken, including premises occupied or normally occupied as a private dwelling; and “premises” includes any place and, in particular, includes—

    (a)

    any vehicle, vessel, aircraft or hovercraft,

    (b)

    any installation (including a floating installation or one resting on the seabed or its subsoil or on other land covered with water or its subsoil), and

    (c)

    any tent or moveable structure.

(7)In paragraph (8), in sub-paragraph (b), for “on a construction site” substitute “at a workplace”.

(8)In the heading, for “on construction sites” substitute “at workplaces”.

(9)Article 13A of that Order (protection of Sikhs from racial discrimination in connection with requirements as to wearing of safety helmets) is amended as follows.

(10)In paragraph (1)—

(a)in sub-paragraph (a), for “on a construction site” substitute “at a workplace”;

(b)in sub-paragraph (b), for “on such a site” substitute “at such a workplace”.

(11)In paragraph (3), for “Paragraphs (7) and (8)” substitute “Paragraphs (6A) to (8)”.

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