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Under the First Aid Code of Practice, all workers must be able to access a first aid kit. This requires at least one first aid kit to be provided in your workplace, including heavy machinery and work vehicles.
- First Aid Kits should be:
- Kept in a prominent, accessible location and able to be retrieved promptly
- Located close to areas where there is a higher risk of injury or illness
- Located on every second floor, if a multi-storey building
- Checked and/or restocked after each use or at least once every 12 months
Source: Safe Work Australia First Aid Code of Practice, July 2012
In addition, employees exposed to specific risks; including employees prone to burn injuries, remote workers and outdoor workers; may require additional first aid items to treat specific types of injuries or illnesses.
To help you meet the First Aid Code of Practice requirements, below are some helpful guides including our range of first aid products.
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Work Health and Safety First Aid Requirements
First Aid can be described as the initial care provided in response to an illness or injury. Care is typically provided by trained personnel until precise medical treatment is available. Appropriate First Aid treatment can potentially reduce the severity of an illness or injury.
WHAT IS FIRST AID?
According to the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must ensure that first aid is provided in the workplace and each worker has access to equipment and facilities for the administration of first aid. The PCBU must also ensure that an adequate number of workers are trained to administer first aid in the workplace and that workers have access to an adequate number of other persons trained in first aid.
Specifically for the purpose of the WHS Regulation the PCBU must also be familiar with:
- The type of work being completed at the workplace
- The hazards that exist at the workplace
- The size and location of the workplace
- The number and mix of workers and other persons at the workplace
WORKPLACE FIRST AID SITE ASSESSMENT
A periodic assessment schedule of your workplace first aid equipment will allow you to identify hazards and determine typical injuries or illness that may require rapid treatment. First aid should always be easily accessible and available within minutes of the injury location.
First Aid Site Assessment
Australian workplaces are required to have appropriate first aid equipment available and accessible for all employees. A workplace is most commonly identified as an office, warehouse, manufacturing facility or a construction site. Trucks, delivery vehicles and company cars also constitute a workplace and require appropriate first aid to be on board.
A periodic assessment schedule of your workplace first aid equipment will allow you to identify hazards and determine typical injuries or illness that may require rapid treatment. The assessment should also consider number of employees and work area design as first aid should be easily accessible and available within minutes of the injury location.
ASSESSMENT GUIDELINES FOR WORKPLACE FIRST AID
As business operations are constantly changing to meet customer demands your workplace first aid requirements may also require adjustments. Below are just some situational examples where your first aid requirements should be reviewed.
Process and Plant Changes
Changes in the design of your work area, worker procedures and equipment changes can impact of the type of first aid that is required.
Increased Work Area
The increased overall footprint of your work area can potentially lengthen the first aid response time.
All workers should have access to appropriate first aid, including visitors, contractors or volunteers.
Regular identification of varying workplace hazards can prompt necessary changes to your first aid requirements.
HIGH RISK WORKPLACE
A High Risk Workplace describes an environment where workers are exposed to hazards that could result in serious injury or illness and would require first aid. Some examples include:
- Use of hazardous machinery or substances onsite
- Risk of falls
- Hazardous forms of work
- Extreme heat or cold working conditions
LOW RISK WORKPLACE
A Low Risk Workplace describes an environment where workers are not exposed to hazards that could result in serious injury or illness. Offices, shops or libraries are common examples and potential work-related injuries and illnesses requiring first aid would be minor in nature.
First Aid Recommendations
Seton can help you comply with workplace legislation and guidelines and ensure you have proper first aid coverage for specific risks that exist in your workplace. We have outlined a collection of first aid recommendations for common workplace hazards.
First Aid Room
Emergency response can be enhanced with an Onsite First Aid room. As a guideline a first aid room should be provided and maintained at:
- Low Risk workplace with 200 workers or more
- High Risk workplaces with 100 workers or more
- Workplaces where there could be exposure to hazardous substances
Naturally your first aid site assessment should reveal the equipment required to suit the hazards that are specific to the workplace.
First Aid Kits
All workers must be able to access a First Aid kit. This will require at least one First Aid kit to be provided at their workplace.
FIRST AID KIT CONTENTS
The First Aid kit should provide basic equipment for administering first aid for injuries including:
- Cuts, scratches, punctures, grazes and splinters
- Muscular sprains and strains
- Minor burns
- Amputations and/or major bleeding wounds
- Broken bones
- Eye injuries
The contents of First Aid kits should be based on a risk assessment. For example, there may be higher risk of eye injuries and a need for additional eye pads in a workplace where:
- Chemical liquids or powders are handled in open containers
- Spraying, hosing or abrasive blasting operations are carried out
- There is any possibility of flying particles causing eye injuries
- There is a risk of splashing or spraying of infectious materials
- Welding, cutting or machining operations are carried out.
First Aid kits have been made in accordance with the First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice, July 2012. This is an approved Code of Practice under section 274 of the Work Health and Safety Act (the WHS Act).
Source: First Aid In The Workplace Code of Practice, July 2012
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DISCLAIMER: All the information or advice on this page aims to be as accurate as we can reasonably make it. However, the information and advice is general and not necessarily applicable to your specific business or workplace. If a topic relates to your business or workplace, you should make sure you do your own research on how applicable and relevant the information or advice is to your particular situation.