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b.

Employee identification badges are essential to dress as they identify staff members to patients, patient family members, visitors, and other staff. The PCMH identification badge is the property of University Health Systems and is multifunctional. In addition to providing identification, the badge is necessary for access control.

c.

Badges must be worn above the waist and displayed front-side-out (not covered or reversed) so that the name and photo are always visible.

d.

Badges are not to be covered with pins, ornaments, stickers, or any other objects. The front face of the badge is to be clean and clearly visible at all times.

e.

Any lost, misplaced, stolen, or worn out badges must be replaced at the earliest possible date that the Hospital Police department can provide a replacement.  Replacement fee for badges is ten dollars ($10).

f.

Managers and supervisors may prohibit those employees reporting to work without their ID Badge from working until their badge is present.

2.

Appropriate grooming and hygiene

a.

Personal hygiene is critical to your professional appearance and perception. Particular attention should be given to skin, fingernails, hair, bathing, proper oral hygiene, and use of deodorant as needed. Employees must keep their hair clean, well groomed, and away from the face in an orderly fashion that does not present a safety hazard. Beards, mustaches, and sideburns are to be neatly trimmed and groomed.

b.

The use of excessive makeup should be avoided and strong fragrances are prohibited.

c.

Offensive or inappropriate tattoos must be covered. For the purposes of this policy, inappropriate means any tattoo deemed by management to be inconsistent with the standards of a professional, quality health care workplace.

3.

Appropriate personal behaviors

a.

Gum chewing is prohibited in direct patient care areas and other specified areas.

b.

Employees are not permitted to wear sunglasses indoors unless for medical reasons.  

4.

Appropriate attire

All clothing should be clean, fit properly, be in good repair, and pressed or ironed as needed. Employees must wear appropriate undergarments to avoid an unprofessional appearance. Leather (other than shoes and dress coats) and sheer garments should be avoided.

March 17, 2009

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