First it was the British unions that put their foot down on high heels now it is the Australian unions and health professionals turn. Unions in NSW are now seeking employers to carry out risk assessments on footwear. The call relates to the potential association between inappropriate footwear and foot pain. It seems foot, ankle and lower back pain are the highest causes of workplace injury in Australia.
Wearing high heels for long periods of time may cause muscle fatigue and imbalance. According to a spokes person from the British Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists about 2 million days a year are lost through sickness as a result of lower limb disorders. UK and Australian Unions are genuinely concerned at dress codes enforced by employers which require women employees to wear fashionable high heels that may result in injury. Unions want employees who feel that the dress code enforced in their workplaces poses a risk to their safety have the right to question that code under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.