APA (NSW) Member Update
Monday 16 January 2017
NSWA today filed an urgent dispute at the IRC about APA (NSW) recommendations to minimise the negative impacts of the current uniforms, which was originally issued in November 2016.
NSWA believes that paramedics would be unsafe if they were to not wear the over shirt or the work shirt. APA (NSW) has a different view, and based on the feedback of members, believes that in hot temperatures and/or humid weather in particular, this uniform poses an unacceptable risk.
APA (NSW) delegates will be meeting with NSWA later this week to discuss any other options that NSWA may have. Paramedics however are being put at risk now, and APA (NSW) will continue to support paramedics who are required to take appropriate risk management steps.
APA (NSW) reminds Paramedics, that along with the recommended measures, they should use established sun smart activities (use wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, stay in shade where possible etc.).
APA (NSW) Executive
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