Telstra: safety alert – electrical insulation gloves

Following concerns raised by members working at Telstra, the Union held discussions with the manufacturer of the electrical insulation gloves that are issued to members by Telstra, to seek clarity over the application of the Australian Standard Live working – electrical insulation gloves 60903:2022.

It was apparent to us that current practices at Telstra weren’t compliant with the Standard. The Union raised the matter with Telstra last week and held discussions with management shortly after.

We are pleased to advise members of the following changes, in relation to the life cycle and replacement of the gloves, have been introduced at Telstra, with immediate effect, following our representations:

  • All gloves that do not display a date of manufacture, or have been identified to have been manufactured more than 6 months ago, must be replaced.
  • Before each use, members must conduct a visual inspection of each glove for their condition – checking for signs of wear and tear, including; cuts and tears, cracks and splitting, swelling , tackiness or discolouration and mottling and crazing patterns – all of which are known to affect the integrity of the protection provided by the gloves.

Members who have been issued with gloves manufactured more than 6 months ago, or who identify any of the above signs of wear and tear with their gloves, should cease using the gloves immediately and surrender them to management.

Management are then required to cut the fingertips off the gloves, dispose of them and issue replacements.

Any replacement gloves issued must be manufactured within 6 months of the date of issuance.

Should you require any further information, please contact Assistant Secretaries Cameron Bird, Peter Chaloner or Nick Townsend, or Branch Officials Cade Anderson, Lisa Bahls, Nick Bentley, Chris Gleeson, Phil Kessey, TK Ly, Robbie McLauchlan, Liam Murphy, Peter O’Connell, Brett O’Neill, Giselle Saba, Dharmpal SIngh or Dennis Williams on (02) 9893 7822 when calling from NSW or the ACT, (07) 3255 0440 from QLD or (08) 8443 7389 from SA or the NT.

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