Conducting A First Aid Risk Assessment
The requirements for providing first aid vary from one workplace to another. Therefore, it is important to conduct a first aid risk assessment as it will help you determine what sort of arrangements you need to make to ensure you are prepared for an emergency. The type of work you do, the size of your workplace, and the potential hazards in your work environment will all be taken into consideration during the assessment process.
NSW First Aid Requirements
According to Safe Work Australia, in order to successfully respond to any situation, you must have the right equipment and number of personnel. Each worker must have access to first aid equipment and trained first aiders. It is also recommended that you keep first aid kits close to areas where an injury or illness is likely to occur like the kitchen or warehouse. If you use vehicles in your line of work, each of them must be equipped with a first aid kit.
Safe Work Australia also encourages the construction of a first aid room for workplaces with more than 200 workers, or high-risk workplaces with more than 100 workers.
Number And Placement Of First Aiders
Having trained personnel who know how to administer first aid is essential in emergency situations. According to Safe Work Australia, there should be a first aider for every 50 workers in low-risk workplaces such as corporate offices, and 25 workers in high-risk work environments like a construction site.
Training First Aiders
First aiders must complete a nationally recognised first aid training course offered by a registered training organisation like ATL Safety. Depending on the type of work environment you have, you may require first aiders with more specific or advanced training to efficiently address risk factors your workers may be vulnerable to. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.