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How do you respond to first aid?

How do you respond to first aid? (Last Updated On: October 23, 2017)

The confusion around first aid obligations in the workplace is often due to a lack of clear definition on the requirements. While specifics can vary from state to state, there are some simple steps all employers can take to equip their workplace to respond to a first aid emergency.

First aid kits.

It is a requirement that all employees be able to access a kit, but the exact number required is impacted by several factors such as the type of workplace (high or low risk) and the number of employees.

A high risk workplace is one where employees are exposed to hazards which could result in serious injury or illness.

What goes in a first aid kit?

While there is no definitive list, and it depends on each individual workplace, there are some items which should be in every first aid kit. Every first aid kit should have:

  • antiseptic wipes
  • elastic bandage
  • adhesive bandages in multiple sizes
  • antiseptic ointment
  • sterile gauze pads
  • sharp scissors
  • non-latex gloves
  • a list of emergency phone numbers

This list is a guide only, and employers should carefully consider what to include in their first aid kit according to their type of workplace.

First aiders.

First aiders, is a term which describes someone qualified to provide first aid. There are nationally recognised training courses which ensure accuracy of the first aid being provided, which should be revisited every 12 months to remain up to date.

The number of first aiders required in every workplace varies depending on which state of territory the business operates within. In saying this, the more first aiders in any workplace the better and employers should be looking to ensure not only are there designated first aiders but also to have every employee comfortable to respond to an emergency with basic first aid. First aiders should also take responsibility for ensuring that all injuries are adequately recorded.

Appropriate first aid being applied quickly can save a life, and every workplace should have clear policies, procedures and equipment to be prepared for an incident. For advice on how to manage first aid in your workplace, contact Employsure on 1300 651 415.

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