APA (NSW) Member Update
Wednesday 18 January 2017
On Monday, we informed you that the IRC directed the parties to have an urgent meeting to discuss concerns about uniforms. Disappointingly, this meeting did not occur and was canceled by NSWA. Rather than meet with APA (NSW) delegates, NSWA returned to the IRC seeking orders about the wearing of uniforms in line with NSWA policy. The IRC did not see fit to issue such orders at this time.
The Commissioner was sympathetic to the concerns of Paramedics but formed the view that as a matter of safety, Paramedics must be immediately identifiable and that this is achieved by wearing NSWA issued work shirts (short or long sleeve) or over shirt. The Commissioner therefore, recommended, in the interest of safety, that Paramedics wear work shirts or over shirt with or without the undershirt.
The Commissioner also recommended that parties meet as quickly as possible to discuss practical and sensible interim measures, noting that a permanent solution would take more time. APA (NSW) believes that had NSWA provided staff with timely, practical and sensible interim measures these proceedings could have been avoided entirely.
While the APA (NSW) acknowledges the recommendations provided by the Commissioner, we are of the opinion that until an acceptable interim resolution is determined, the current uniform poses work health and safety risks to Paramedics in extreme weather conditions. We will therefore continue to support Paramedics who need to take appropriate risk management strategies to minimise risks to their health and safety.
APA (NSW) Executive
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