APA (NSW) Member Update
Wednesday 15 March 2017
APA (NSW) has received a strong response to the recent uniform survey, with many members unsatisfied with the current uniform provided by NSWA.
Unfortunately, the results highlight many underlying problems with the current uniform. Out of the almost 700 responses, at least a third reported that the current uniform has caused paramedics to develop skin conditions. Impacted paramedics should seek appropriate medical advice as soon as possible.
APA (NSW) delegates have been working to ensure that the uniforms provided by NSWA can meet the standards required for paramedics. At a meeting earlier this week, APA (NSW) delegates were updated on:
APA (NSW) will continue to support members who need to take reasonable steps to manage work health and safety risks.
APA (NSW) has had reports that there has been a shortage in several NSWA issued uniform items for Control Centre staff. This inability of NSWA to supply enough numbers of its own uniforms has led to members needing to share items to be able to meet the uniform policy. APA (NSW) members have reported that this has been as extreme as sharing pants.
NSWA indicated that new uniforms for Control Centre staff will be available in 8 weeks however has failed to provide an interim measure for Control Centre staff. Therefore, in order to manage work health and safety risks, APA (NSW) advises our Control Centre members to wear non-NSWA issued clothing items, where appropriate, until NSWA provides you with adequate uniforms.
APA (NSW) Executive
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