WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Dress codes that govern formal events and celebrations are changing to help keep workers more comfortable and avoid potentially costly injury, the head of the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday.
The FTC’s Michael Oreskes said the agency is also investigating whether a dress code for the annual White House Correspondents Dinner (WHCD) was too restrictive for female workers.
The White House said in a statement that it was reviewing the comments made by Oreske.
Oreskes, who took over as FTC head in January, said the new regulations are designed to help prevent injury and maintain safety for those attending a big gathering.
The regulations, known as “code compliance,” were put in place in 2014 and take into account factors such as clothing size, type of event and location, he said.
Oreskis remarks were echoed by the head to the White House’s chief communications officer, Jen Psaki.
The dress code will help keep people comfortable and not pose any safety risks, Psaki said.