First Aid Facilities and Services Code of Practice - Western Australia

Service summary

This Code of Practice provides practical guidance for persons conducting a business or undertaking on how to comply with duties to provide adequate first aid facilities in the workplace. It includes information on first aid kits, procedures, facilities and training for first aiders.

The Code of Practice is a Compliance Code. Compliance Codes are made to provide practical guidance to persons who have occupational health and safety duties or obligations. Compliance with this Code of Practice is not mandatory. Failure to comply with a Compliance Code does not give rise to civil or criminal liability. However, meeting the requirements of a Compliance Code means that you have fulfilled your occupational health and safety duties and obligations.

This Code applies to all types of work and all workplaces including workplaces that are outdoors, mobile or remote. If you intend on conducting a business or undertaking you must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that workers and other persons are not exposed to health and safety risks. First aid requirements will vary from one workplace to the next, depending on the nature of the work, the type of hazards, the workplace size and location, as well as the number of people at the workplace. These factors must be taken into account when deciding what first aid arrangements need to be provided. The Code provides information on using a risk management approach to tailor first aid that suits the circumstances of your workplace, while also providing guidance on the number of first aid kits, their contents and the number of trainer first aiders that are appropriate for some types of workplaces.

This Code places specific obligations on a person conducting a business or undertaking in relation to first aid including a requirement to:

  • provide first aid equipment and ensure each worker at the workplace has access to the equipment
  • ensure access to facilities for the administration of first aid
  • ensure than an adequate number of workers are trained to administer first aid at the workplace or that workers have access to an adequate number of other people who have been trained to administer first aid.

For the purpose of compliance with this code, you must consult with your employees, contractors, on-hire workers, volunteers and any other people who are working for you in regards to first aid. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Department of Commerce
WorkSafe Western Australia

Act(s) name

Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Enquiries Officer, Business Service Centre
Department of Commerce
WorkSafe Western Australia


Operating address:
Level 1, Mason Bird Building
303 Sevenoaks Street
Cannington
Western Australia 6107
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 14
Cloisters Square PO
Western Australia 6850

Phone:

08 6251 2200

Phone:

1300 307 877
safety@commerce.wa.gov.au

Website:

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Supporting information

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