Get Shaving, Oil Men Told; FURY OVER 'NO BEARDS' RULING
Byline: HELEN MORGAN
BEARDED oil workers are being forced to shave to comply with new safety rules on North Sea rigs.
Bosses at oil giant Exxon- Mobil claim the men's whiskers are dangerous.
Goatees, long sideburns, and wide moustaches would stop essential breathing masks fitting properly over the face, they say.
The firm is now forcing hundreds of offshore workers in the Beryl field to attend work clean- shaven, allowing those who like facial hair to grow only narrow moustaches.
But angry oil workers have slammed the move as a "major over- reaction" and have been backed by facial-hair activists of The Beard Liberation Front.
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Publication information: Article title: Get Shaving, Oil Men Told; FURY OVER 'NO BEARDS' RULING. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Sunday Mirror (London, England). Publication date: January 4, 2004. Page number: 11. © 2009 MGN LTD. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.