of Practice provides practical guidance for persons conducting a business or
undertaking on how to comply with the duty 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 to conduct 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.
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.