A shaving waiver is a type of medical release or exemption form. Men who have skin conditions may need this form for work.
Shaving waivers are also called “no-shave waivers.” They are for men with certain skin conditions. Sometimes shaving causes serious skin problems. A medical doctor can complete this release to show why a man should not be required to shave his face.
Why would an individual need a shaving waiver, and where can you get one?
What is a “Shaving Waiver”?
The shaving waiver shows employers and supervisors of organizations that it would be unhealthy for a man to shave. A shaving waiver must be necessary to prove that an individual should not have to shave for medical reasons.
For some men, facial shaving causes:
- Ingrown hairs (folliculitis)
- Excessive dry skin
- Skin infections
- Irritation to sensitive skin
- Skin damage
- Hyperpigmentation (discoloration)
According to Kennard Law P.C., “from a legal perspective, employers may require male employees to shave as long as it does not infringe on their civil rights or cause undue hardship.” For this reason, it may be necessary to show proof that shaving creates a problem for the individual.
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Who Needs a Shaving Waiver?
Some men in sales or marketing, law enforcement, or sports may be required to shave their faces. Other jobs that require men to be clean-shaven include those where employees may be exposed to fire or hazardous chemicals and would be required to wear respirator equipment.
In the military, this waiver is also called a military shaving profile. The Department of Defense expects its male members to maintain zero visible facial hair, other than a neatly maintained mustache, when in uniform. This requirement stems from the five elements of dress and personal appearance: neatness, cleanliness, safety, uniformity, and military image.
In some cases, when shaving causes serious health concerns to the individual, this medical form may be necessary.
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