Grooming Standards

All Employees

  1. Personal hygiene is very important. Daily baths, shaving, use of deodorant, and daily mouth hygiene are essential to providing a professional image.
  2. No artificial fingernails or nail enhancements, including but not limited to overlays, wraps, tips or attached decorations, are permitted for any staff whose responsibilities include direct, hands-on patient contact or whose assignment includes handling items to be used in direct patient care. In addition, nail length cannot exceed ¼ inch. (See our Infection Control Manual for a complete list of applicable departments.) For staff not meeting the above criteria, fingernails must be clean and short (i.e., not longer than ½ inch beyond fingertips). Adhesive decorations such as rhinestones and fluorescent colors are not permitted.
  3. The use of perfume, cologne or after-shave, particularly in areas where patient care is provided, is discouraged as it may cause respiratory problems for patients, visitors or co-workers.
  4. Hair must be neat and clean. Hairstyles that obstruct eye contact and/or extreme colors or styles are not acceptable. For example, long-spiked or Mohawk haircuts are not acceptable. Other safety-related guidelines may apply to specific departments.
  5. Facial hair must be neatly trimmed and beards may not be longer than two inches below the jaw line unless covered.
  6. Tattoos must be covered.

Other General Dress/Appearance Guidelines

  1. Employees who are called in during assigned on-call hours should report to work dressed in a manner consistent with this policy or have access to clothing they can change into that conforms with these guidelines.
  2. The hospital recognizes that there may be occasions when the nature of an employee's responsibilities requires him/her to wear dress attire that is prohibited by this policy (e.g., working on the floor to teach CPR, clean office space, etc.). Department heads may exercise discretion in making exceptions to this policy for those limited occasions. On occasions when these duties will not be performed the entire workday, employees should be instructed to bring along a change of clothing that is consistent with the dress standards.
  3. In addition to the dress and grooming standards outlined above, each department, especially those requiring uniforms, may develop and publish more specific guidelines that are consistent with the standards outlined above.
  4. Each department head/manager and supervisor is responsible for ensuring that all dress and grooming standards are followed. Questions regarding these standards may be directed to a department supervisor or Human Resources
  5. Employees who report to work dressed or groomed in a manner inconsistent with this policy may be subject to any of the following:
    • Instructed to clock out with the understanding that they correct the situation and get back to work as soon as possible. The employee will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action consistent with Policy A21-Corrective Action.
    • Instructed to change into hospital-issued scrubs and be subject to appropriate disciplinary action consistent with Policy A21-Corrective Action.
  6. Department directors, managers and senior management have the authority to enforce this policy, even if the alleged "violator" works in a different department. The director of the department in which the employee works should be notified as soon as possible and before disciplinary action consistent with this policy is taken.