If you do not have confidence in your mask seal
Advice from the Clinical Excellence Commission is that no member of staff is required or expected to undertake any work requiring a P2/N95
respirator unless an adequate facial seal can be achieved. Therefore if you have not been fit tested and you feel you are not getting an
adequate seal on your respirator mask you are entitled to decline to respond to any suspected COVID-19 cases based on the advice of the
Clinical Excellence Commission and on WH&S grounds.
This advice also applies if you HAVE been fit tested but have concerns about your mask seal (ie you were tested with facial hair,
without the glasses you normally wear, etc).
If you have been fit tested and are confident in your mask seal
NSW Ambulance have agreed to stage transfers to avoid trips between amber and red zones and to not send crews from amber to red zones
for jobs less than a Priority 2 (where it does not impact patient safety).
When NSW Ambulance cannot demonstrate that all other reasonable attempts have been made to fill absences and meet demand (including
APA NSW members in amber zones should refuse to:
- Enter red zones for area cover
- Enter red zones to form a dual crew (not including backing up a single officer on their way to a job)
- Enter red zones for non-urgent transfers
When asked to enter the red zone for the above work, ask over the radio for confirmation that all other attempts have been made to
either fill the relevant absence or meet demand, including:
- On call
- Staging the job at the border of the amber and red zone
- Fluidly deploying other crews within the red zone
- Use of patient transport vehicles
If a transfer, if alternative hospitals have been considered outside the red zone to avoid danger to the patient and Paramedics
For clarity, if you are asked to complete a P1 or P2 job, you should attend the job as normal.
Submit an IMS+ that you were exposed to risk in the red zone due to insufficient surge staffing from NSW Ambulance.
If you are asked to complete further hot jobs in the red zone, include these in your IMS+.