UNION WIN: Mask fit testing now required across NSW Public Hospitals

14-Aug-2020

We've been fighting for months to make sure fit testing is undertaken for all health workers who wear P2/N95 masks.

In early May, we had had a small but important win. The Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) issued advice on Fit Testing detailing a trial (Phase 1) at Sydney LHD (SLHD) and Hunter New England LHD (HNELHD) of fit testing in the high-risk areas of anaesthesia and ICU.

The CEC have now agreed with us that fit testing is required for all medical staff working in high risk areas or performing certain procedures on patients with COVID-19.

The advice states:

  • In NSW, LHDs/SHNs are required to implement respirator fit testing in their facilities for health workers (HWs) performing respiratory Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGPs) on patients with COVID-19 or providing clinical services to patients on airborne precautions in high risk areas.

See full CEC advice here.

This is a great union win. Our thanks to NSW Nurses and Midwives Association who did great work on this and congratulations to every ASMOF member who campaigned to ensure safety at work.

If your management has not already implemented fit testing in line with these new requirements, contact ASMOF at allocation@asmof.org.au