Dress Code

Each employee’s dress, grooming and personal hygiene must be appropriate for the work situation. The personal appearance of employees has a significant impact on the image or our organization. WCHS strives to present the best professional appearance possible for our patients and customers. Employees must be concerned with their appearance out of courtesy to patients, residents, families, fellow employees, visitors and vendors.

a. Uniforms and general attire shall be clean, neat and moderate in style.

b. Clean hands and fingernails are mandatory.

c. Beards and mustaches must be clean, well trimmed and neat.

d. Hair must be clean, combed, neatly arranged and a naturally occurring color.

e. Strong perfumes are to be avoided.

f. Excessive jewelry is to be avoided. Up to two earrings may be worn in each ear. One additional piercing is allowed in the face with the following restrictions: no barbells, hoops, chains, gauges, etc. Facial piercings can only be a single small stud. Any other visible body piercings are not allowed.

g. Tattoos must be covered as much as possible.

h. Suggestive or revealing (low cut blouses, tops, dresses or jeans), excessively tight or disheveled attire, bare mi-drifts, halter tops, t-shirts, any type of shirt with slogan, advertisement or logo (other than facility logos or professional affiliations), tank tops sweatshirts, sweatpants, shorts and jeans of all colors (jeans may be worn for fundraising and special activities) are not appropriate dress. Leggings are not pants, however may be worn with tunic length tops which fully cover an employee’s rear and front. The top must maintain full coverage during bending and twisting of normal work. Bermuda or knee length shorts and capris may be acceptable for some departments or certain events if approved by the department manager.

i. For patient care departments and those required to wear scrubs: classic scrub pants or skirts and classic tops are required. Scrub hoodies, scrub leggings, etc. will not be allowed.

j. Employees typically are not allowed to wear any type of head cover. Exceptions are made for Dietary who can wear appropriate scrub caps/food service caps, and for Maintenance who may wear appropriate hats when outside in the weather. Exceptions may be made for facility promotional events, religious purposes, or for specific health reasons approved by Human Resources. Baseball caps, scarves, bandannas, visors, knit caps, berets, skull caps, etc. are examples of unacceptable head cover.

Department managers are authorized to establish specific standards of appearance that are more restrictive than this policy, but in no case shall be less restrictive for employees under their direction. It is the responsibility of the Department Manager to enforce the grooming and dress code for their department. Employees may be sent home if their attire is deemed inappropriate by their Department Manager. Employees may also be sent home to change if they have strong smelling fragrances on or smell of smoke. Repeated violations may result in progressive disciplinary action.aling (low cut blouses, tops, dresses or jeans), excessively tight or disheveled attire, bare mi-drifts, halter tops, t-shirts, any type of shirt with slogan, advertisement or logo (other than facility logos or professional affiliations), tank tops sweatshirts, sweatpants, shorts and jeans of all colors (jeans may be worn for fundraising and special activities) are not appropriate dress. Leggings are not pants, however may be worn with tunic length tops which fully cover an employee’s rear and front. The top must maintain full coverage during bending and twisting of normal work. Bermuda or knee length shorts and capris may be acceptable for some departments or certain events if approved by the department manager.

i. For patient care departments and those required to wear scrubs: classic scrub pants or skirts and classic tops are required. Scrub hoodies, scrub leggings, etc. will not be allowed.

j. Employees typically are not allowed to wear any type of head cover. Exceptions are made for Dietary who can wear appropriate scrub caps/food service caps, and for Maintenance who may wear appropriate hats when outside in the weather. Exceptions may  be made for facility promotional events, religious purposes, or for specific health reasons approved by Human Resources. Baseball caps, scarves, bandannas, visors, knit caps, berets, skull caps, etc. are examples of unacceptable head cover.

Department managers are authorized to establish specific standards of appearance that are more restrictive than this policy, but in no case shall be less restrictive for employees under their direction. It is the responsibility of the Department Manager to enforce the grooming and dress code for their department. Employees may be sent home if their attire is deemed inappropriate by their Department Manager. Employees may also be sent home to change if they have strong smelling fragrances on or smell of smoke. Repeated violations may result in progressive disciplinary action.

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