Your questions answered: Is high-vis gear mandatory for field technicians?

By Jeff Salton on March 13th, 2018
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Q
Our company is the Australian representative for an international manufacturer that supplies equipment to hospitals, hotels and commercial workplaces.

Our service technicians call on customers throughout Australia and New Zealand. We have directed our technicians to always wear high-viz shirts as their standard uniform. This is a departure from the overseas company policy. They have asked questions specifically if wearing high-viz is legislated and therefore mandatory?

We believe that wearing high-viz shirts at all times will satisfy the requirements of access to our customers’ sites.

 

A
If the wearing of the high-vis clothing is a reasonably practicable step that the business can take to reduce the risk of harm to staff, then it is a requirement of the safety legislation that the step be implemented, unless the cost would be grossly disproportionate to the gravity and likelihood of the harm it seeks to control.





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