Did you know every workplace, worksite and work vehicle in Australia must have a First Aid Kit. Yep, you heard us…. EVERY WORKPALCE!However, most importantly, having the ability to provide sufficient first aid to a worker who has been injured could be the difference when saving a life!
Under the Work Health and Safety legislation, it is a legal requirement for every employer to ensure their employees have access to a fully stocked first aid kit. It doesn’t matter if you’re a small business owner with only one employee or you have a large construction business with various worksites, your employees must have access to a first aid kit.
For our customers, one of the most challenging aspects of first aid is choosing which kit is best suited to their working environment and how to ensure their kit is maintained at all times. We have provided some tips below to try and assist when purchasing the best kit for your workplace:
- Before making a purchase, assess the types of hazards your employees may be exposed to when in the workplace. The severity of these hazards will help you to determine the type of kit you need. Examples of workplaces where workers are exposed to significant hazards include construction sites, trades, warehouses and food manufacturing.
- Restock your kit immediately after it has been used or if the kit is not used, you should check the contents and make sure they are within expiry dates once every 12 months. A kit inventory list should be signed, dated and placed in the kit have each check.
- Have a designated first aid officer who is in charge of the maintaining the first aid kit and who is also qualified to provide first aid assistance.
We understand that it can be overwhelming when implementing first aid process into your business so if at any time you require assistance or further clarification, please contact us via our contact us page.