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A Birmingham engineer who feared she could not feel safe or comfortable doing her job has designed the first PPE headscarf.

Aminah Shafiq, a senior water quality advisor, raised the issue with her Severn Trent bosses after noticing there was no hijab option for Muslim employees like herself for visits to operational sites.

She would worry about the headscarf becoming caught or that she would be unsafe due to the helmet not fitting properly over the hijab.

Speaking about her design and the end product, Aminah said: “As part of my role, I’m often asked to go to many of our operational sites and, as a Muslim woman, I always found this to be tricky when it came to covering my head and the challenges it could bring.

“Sometimes there can be excess material from my headscarf that I would worry could get caught, or could mean my helmet doesn’t always fit properly.”

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