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Tideway worker designs hijab-compatible site wear


A Muslim woman working on the Thames Tideway super sewer has helped design two items of protective clothing (PPE) for women on construction sites who observe the hijab and the burka.

Tideway said it understands this is the first time PPE has been specifically designed for women who observe the hijab and the burka.

Health, safety and wellbeing coordinator Leena Begum started the designs after she found it difficult to source suitable protective clothing. She presented her designs to manufactures who then produced samples.

“As a Muslim woman working in construction, I have experienced how difficult it can be to adhere to my religious values whilst also complying with health and safety requirements on a construction site,” she said.

“I had a lot of support and encouragement from colleagues and it’s been so great to see the designs come to life. I hope this helps promote the image of construction as an inclusive, diverse industry to work in.”

Tideway chief executive Andy Mitchell said: “As an industry, there is so much more we need to do to increase inclusivity and diversity. Leena’s fantastic idea can help us address an issue that may have been overlooked in the past, but could help make construction a much more friendly and attractive industry to work in. I am so proud of the support and encouragement from the Tideway team, which allows ideas like Leena’s to create positive change.”


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