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Summer Focus Q1 2017

Workplace First Aid Kits

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This guide will assist in selecting the exact right First Aid Kits for your workplace requirements.

From Safe Work Australia......

First aid in the workplace

Incidents can happen without warning and in every type of workplace. It is critical you are prepared for any first aid emergencies that could occur in your workplace.

First aid risk assessment

First aid requirements vary from one workplace to another, so you need to consider all your potential hazards when deciding what first aid arrangements you need to have in place. To do this you need to carry out a thorough risk assessment that considers the type of work you do and your workplace hazards. Through this process it should become clear what first aid you will need.

Laws surrounding first aid

You can see your first aid legal obligations set out in clause 42 of the Model Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011. There are also general work health and safety laws about first aid these will be found in the Code of Practice: First Aid in the Workplace. The Code also has practical information about working out your first aid requirements, equipment, facilities and training needs. If you have any questions you should contact your state or territory work health and safety regulator. SWA does not provide specific advice on first aid.

Equipment and personnel

You must give your workers access to:

  • first aid equipment and facilities
  • trained first aiders.

Keep first aid kits close to areas where there is a higher risk of injury or illness as well as inside work vehicles if workers are expected to travel as part of their job.

Some general recommendations

To decide what sort of first aid you might need, think about:

  • The type of work you do and the safety issues involved.
  • The size and location of your workplace, for example the distance between work areas, and response times for emergency services.
  • The usual number of people at the workplace. This may include workers, contractors, subcontractors, volunteers and visitors.
We recommend in low-risk workplaces a first aid room is provided when there are more than 200 workers, and in high-risk workplaces when there are more than 100 workers. As a rule of thumb, there should be one first aider for every:
  • 50 workers in low-risk workplace (an office)
  • 25 workers in high-risk workplace (a construction site).
A trained first aider will need to hold a nationally recognised statement of attainment from a registered training organisation.



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