Union seeks recall of contaminated uniforms

Tuesday, 23 September, 2008

According the OHS reps' SafetyNet journal, workers at energy supplier Ergon Energy have been exposed to contaminated uniforms that have left some people with rashes and itching. The workers’ union also reported that strong fumes, emitted when ironing the uniforms, had caused some people to vomit.

The ETU has called on the company to immediately recall all 14,000 uniforms, which were made in China but supplied through an Australian company, to ensure the safety of workers. The union says the company has refused to agree to terms of reference of an investigation into the cause of the reaction. Initial testing found elevated levels of methanol, butanol and methyl chloride.

 

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