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FIRST AID: WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?
“ A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) has the
primary duty under the WHS Act to ensure, so far as is reasonably
practicable, that workers and other persons are not exposed to health
and safety risks arising from the business or undertaking”
WHAT FIRST AID SIGNAGE IS REQUIRED?
“Displaying well-recognised, standardised first aid signs will assist in easily
locating first aid equipment and facilities. Further information on the design
and use of signs is available in AS 1319 - Safety Signs for the Occupational
HOW DO I DETERMINE
WHAT FIRST AID KIT
First aid signage for vehicles
FIRST AID REGULATIONS EXPLAINED!
What is ‘WHS’?
The ‘Work Health & Safety Act’ (WHS) is the agreed harmonisation of
each state and territory’s OHS legislation to develop a new national
code of practice by Safe Work Australia.
Is ‘WHS’ good for me?
Yes, WHS simplifies 8 old regulations into 1 new national code of
practice. This overcomes confusion and entitles all Australian workers
to the same work health and safety standards regardless of where
Who regulates and enforces the new ‘WHS’ laws?
Safe Work Australia does not regulate compliance and enforcement of
the ‘WHS’ code of practice. It is conducted by each state or territory’s
body such as WorkCover, WorkSafe or SafeWork etc.
FastAid recommends small adhesive signage for the external of vehicles to
assist in easily locating first aid equipment and facilities.
MY SITE REQUIRE A FIRST AID ROOM?
“A first aid room should be established at the workplace if a risk assess-
ment indicates that it would be difficult to administer appropriate first aid
unless a first aid room is provided.”
“A first aid room is recommended for:
• Low risk workplaces with 200 workers or more
• High risk workplaces with 100 workers or more.”
When does a site require an AED (Automated External Defibrillator)?
“Providing an automated external defibrillator can reduce the risk of fatality
from cardiac arrest. It is a useful addition for workplaces where there is a risk
of electrocution or where there are large numbers of members of the public.”
1 Kit for every 10
in the vehicle.
Have all states and territories implemented the
‘WHS’ first aid code?
Yes all apart from WA and VIC. Both are committed to or support the
principle of national harmonisation. FastAid manufactures first aid kits to
cover the existing VIC and WA regulations as well as the new WHS code.
FIRST AID ROOM
Essentially, the WHS change means you are or will soon be required to
replace or update your current first aid kits.
Ensure there is
at least 1 Kit per
RESTOCKING YOUR FIRST AID KIT:
Who should perform the restock?
“…usually a first aider…”
Ensure there is a
least 1 Kit per level
in each building.
“after each use or, if the kit is not used, at least once every 12
What do I check for?
“ensure that items are in good working order, have not deteriorated
and are within their expiry dates and that sterile products are sealed
and have not been tampered with.”
“…an inventory list in the kit should be signed and dated after each
Ensure there is
at least 1 Kit
within 1 minutes
Source: FIRST AID IN THE WORKPLACE Code of Practice March 2015, SafeWork Australia
What does ‘WHS’ mean for me?