• Uniforms must be maintained in a clean condition and in good repair.
  • Typically, where a uniform has been worn in conjunction with appropriate PPE and is not visibly contaminated with blood or other body fluids, there is no evidence it poses any risk to healthcare workers or the public.
  • Change out of uniform in a timely manner at the end of each shift.
  • A clean and freshly laundered uniform must be worn for each shift.
  • Used uniform should be kept separate at all times from clean uniform.
  • Uniforms can be home laundered.

Normal uniform laundering

  • Wash separately to other items 
  • Use laundry detergent and a warm/hot wash as per manufacturers instructions, preferably >60 °C
  • Utilise a full length wash and rinse cycle
  • Tumble-dry uniforms or hang dry in full sun (where conditions are warm and dry)
  • Iron uniforms at conclusion of drying

Soiled uniform laundering

  • Take care when placing soiled uniform/s in washing machine
  • Wash separately to other items 
  • Fill washing machine to no more than half-capacity
  • Use laundry detergent on the hottest wash possible according to manufacturers instructions preferably >60 °C. The use of laundry sanitiser/disinfectant recommended
  • Utilise a long wash and rinse cycle
  • Tumble-dry uniforms or hang dry in full sun (where conditions are warm and dry)
  • Iron uniform at conclusion of drying

If an operational uniform is grossly soiled during operational activities, notify the Duty Manager/ MM/CMSOC who will arrange for the staff member to be stood down and sent to an appropriate station to shower and change uniform.

With the exception of volunteer and on-call staff, all operational staff should have access to a spare uniform at their designated station for the shift.


  • Boots should always be considered contaminated.
  • Boot covers can increase your risk of self contamination if not removed correctly therefore are not routinely recommended.
  • Clean any visible spoilage on the boots with detergent/disinfectant wipes or soap and water.
  • Where possible leave work boots at work and change into other footwear for your commute. Note: shoes must be closed in as per our workplace instructions -thongs and open shoes cannot be worn on site.


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