National Code of Practice
Workplace First Aid Compliance
Australian workplaces are required to have first aid treatment and facilities available to each worker and trained people available to administer first aid when required.
We recommend that a site assessment be completed by each employer to identify workplace hazards that could result in injury or illness. The assessment should help to determine the type and severity of potential injuries, the practical location of first aid kits or equipment and training requirements.
Accidental will work together with you to assess your workplace needs, ensure that your team meets all its obligations and is First Aid ready!
WHAT IS REQUIRED IN PROVIDING FIRST AID?
First Aid requirements will vary from one workplace to the next depending on the following:
- Nature of work carried out
- The type of hazards
- The workplace size and location
- Number of people at the workplace
A site assessment must be completed by following these basic steps:
STEP 1: IDENTIFY YOUR WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT AS HIGH RISK OR LOW RISK
Low Risk means a workplace where workers are not exposed to hazards that could result in serious injury or illness such as offices, shops or libraries. Potential work-related injuries and illnesses requiring first aid would be minor in nature.
High Risk means a workplace where workers are exposed to hazards that could result in serious injury or illness and would require first aid. For example, factories, construction sites, motor vehicle workshops and manufacturing.
STEP 2: IDENTIFY THE HAZARDS AND ASSESS THE RISK OF WORKPLACE INJURY AND ILLNESS
Things to consider when assessing the hazards on site:
- The distance between different work areas. Can first aid be reached in a reasonable amount of time?
- The response times for emergency services
- Adequate amount of first aid throughout the separate work areas, separate buildings and multiple levels.
- Is first aid close to areas where there is a higher risk of injury or illness
- Regular consultation with workers to co-operate and co-ordinate best workplace practices regarding first aid and safety on site.
- Consultation should include the quality, location and contents of the first aid kits and other equipment required on site for your specific hazards.
- The type of first aid facilities that may be needed.
- First aid procedures.
- The number of trained first aiders required on site.
STEP 3: PROVIDE THE APPROPRIATE FIRST AID EQUIPMENT, FACILITIES AND TRAINING
- Trained First Aiders for High Risk Workplaces 1 First Aider to every 25 Workers
- Trained First Aiders for Low Risk Workplaces 1 First Aider to every 50 Workers
- First Aid Kits for High Risk Workplaces click here
- First Aid Kits for Low Risk Workplaces click here
- First Aid Room required for High Risk Workplaces 100+ Workers
- First Aid Room required for Low Risk Workplaces 200+ Workers