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APA (NSW) Member Update – Uniform

APA (NSW) Member Update


Tuesday 29 November 2016 

Dear Member,


APA (NSW) has received multiple complaints from members with regards to the current uniform and the negative work health and safety concerns stemming from use in hot and/or humid conditions. NSWA has been notified of these concerns and APA (NSW) has been assured that the solution is a work in progress. 

APA (NSW) welcomes this acknowledgement, however it does not resolve the immediate health impacts and discomfort that paramedics are facing. 

As always, APA (NSW) encourages members to take steps to ensure their health and safety in accordance with the WHS legislation and one option for members who are unable to wear the uniform as prescribed is to wear the following NSWA issued uniform items:

APA (NSW) will support paramedics that need to utilise this uniform strategy until the current uniform problems are resolved. Any members who are affected in this regard should document a notification in the IIMS portal under ‘WHS problem’ category.

If paramedics are questioned as to the reason for the change in uniform, the questioning party can be referred to this update and/or the APA (NSW) Executive. If such questioning is deemed inappropriate by a member, the incident should be documented in the IIMS portal and reported to your relevant APA (NSW) Liaison Officer. 

Importantly, please note this information is not geographically dependent. If your nearby delegate is unavailable, please call APA (NSW) office on (02) 9564 3261. 


APA (NSW) Executive

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