An Overview on Compliance
Every workplace in Australia is covered by a legal and regulatory requirement to have appropriate first aid available and accessible for all employees. In many situations trained first aiders must also be available to cover all shifts. The onus of this responsibility falls upon the employer to ensure adequate first aid is available for potential emergencies that may arise.
Mandatory Legal Requirement
WORK HEALTH & SAFETY ACT
The WHS ACT is a legislative document that provides a balanced and nationally consistent framework to secure the health and safety of workers and workplaces. Penalties may apply if workplaces are found not following the WHS ACT or Regulations.
Reference Document: Work Health and Safety Act 2011
Mandatory Legal Requirement
WORK HEALTH & SAFETY REGULATIONS
The WHS Regulation is a legislative instrument that varies according to time, place or circumstance. The regulations outline health and safety requirements for duty holders by environment, operation and duty/task being carried out.
Reference Document: Health and Safety Regulations 2011
FIRST AID IN THE WORKPLACE CODE OF PRACTICE
The Code of Practice provides PRACTICAL GUIDANCE for persons conducting a business or undertaking on how to comply with duties under the WHS Act and Regulations to provide adequate first aid facilities in the workplace. It includes information on first aid kits, procedures, facilities and training for first aiders.
Document: First Aid in the Workplace, Code of Practice July, 2019 (Safe Work Australia)
If a relevant Act or Regulation exists, you must follow the requirements stated in the documents. Penalties may apply if workplaces are found not following the WHS ACT or Regulation.
The content is provided as a general recommendation and should not be used as a substitute for information provided by your local State or Territory Work Health & Safety regulatory authority.
WOKRPLACE FIRST AID KITS AND OFFICERS GUIDE
|Workplace Size||High Risk||Low Risk||Number of First Aid Kits to Workers||Number of First Aid
|100 or more workers||No||Yes||
|25 or more workers||Yes||No||
|10-100 workers||No||Yes||1 First Aid Kit is to be provided.||
|25 or less workers||Yes||No||
|10 or less workers||1 First Aid Kit.||Risk assessment conducted to identify the need to provide a First Aid Officer.|
High Risk Workplace
EXAMPLE: Construction, Warehousing, Manufacturing, Laboratories
DEFINITION: A workplace where workers are exposed to hazards
RECOMMENDATION: 1 first aid kit should be provided on site for at least every 25 people
First Aid Site Assessment
A periodic assessment schedule of your worklace 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.
STEP 1: Hazards
Identify potential causes of workplace injury and illness
STEP 2: Injuries
Assess the risk of workplace injury and illness
STEP 3: Remedy - What first aid is required
Choose the First Aid Kit that is suitable for the workplace
STEP 4: Review first aid to ensure effectiveness
Choose additional Add-On Packs to ensure the whole workplace contains adequate First Aid on site at all times
According to the latest Code Of Practice, First Aid in the Workplace, a first aid room is recommended for:
LOW RISK WORKPLACES WITH 200 WORKERS OR MORE
HIGH RISK WORKPLACES WITH 100 WORKERS OR MORE
A first aid room should be established at the workplace if a risk assessment indicates that it would be difficult to administer appropriate first aid unless a first aid room is provided.
For example, workplaces where there is a higher risk of serious injury or illness occurring that would not only require immediate first aid, but also further treatment by an emergency service, may benefit from having access to a dedicated first aid room.
The contents of a first aid room should suit the hazards that are specific to the workplace.
The location and size of the room should allow easy access and movement of injured people who may need to be supported or moved by a stretcher or wheelchair.
1. Workplace Type
2. Additional Risks
OUTDOOR WORK INJURIES
3. Risk & Quantity
Number of people designed to assist workplace rating of "Low Risk"
Number of people designed to assist workplace rating of "High Risk"