Like most things in our world being compliant with your Legal requirements in terms of first aid in the workplace is a little complicated. So while we have outlined the basic requirements below you can also get a more comprehensive guide from our friends at Alsco. Get your Free Guide Here.
The legislation in each Australian State and territory requires an employer, or a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to ensure an adequate number of workers in the workplace are trained to give first aid and adequate resources are in place and available ie First Aid Kits, eye wash stations etc. However, the legislation does not specify the type of first aid training required or First Aid Kits and resources.
Having said that, the codes of practice applicable in each State and territory give further guidance on the type of training required and the number of first aiders required in your workplace along with the types of resources that should be in place.
Compliance with the codes is not mandatory yet, but we have set out below the relevant content from the codes of practice applicable in each Australian jurisdiction.
NSW, Queensland, Tasmania, SA, NT, ACT
Section 3.5 of the First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice (2014) provides guidance on the type, level and frequency of first aid training (see section 3.5). Specifically, the code suggests:
• first aiders should hold a nationally recognised statement of attainment by a registered training organisation (RTO);
• the level of first aid training for your workers will depend on the risks in your workplace. For example, you may consider that you have a low risk workplace because you are not exposed to hazards that could lead to serious injury or illness;
• first aiders may also need to undertake additional first aid training to respond to specific situations at their workplace;
• CPR refresher training should be undertaken annually; and
• first aid qualifications should be renewed every three years.
Part 3.6 of the Code of Practice helpfully sets out some guidance of first aid procedures and may be useful for you developing a response.
The First Aid in the Workplace – Compliance Code provides further guidance on the type, level and frequency of first aid training. Specifically, the code states:
• the minimum acceptable level of training for first aid officers for workplaces is the Senior First Aid Certificate (often referred to as a level 2 first aid qualification) or its competency based equivalent HLTFA301B Apply First Aid. Since the publication of the code, HLTFA301B Apply First Aid has been superseded by the current training package, HLTAID003 – Provide first aid (Release 6);
• for higher-risk workplaces, there may be a need for first aid officers who have completed occupational first aid training (often referred to as a level 3 first aid qualification) or its competency based equivalent HLTFA402B Apply Advanced First Aid. Since the publication of the code, HLTFA402B Apply Advanced First Aid has been superseded by the current training package, HLTAID006 – Provide advanced first aid (Release 5);
• if the workplace is large and diverse or has a complex range of hazards, the employer needs to conduct a risk assessment and determine the appropriate level of first aid training based on a risk assessment; and
• employers need to ensure that the qualifications of first aid officers are current.
The Code of practice: First aid facilities and services suggests:
• the level of training that is needed should be determined according to the hazards identified at the workplace and the assessed risks;
• where possible, training should be undertaken by an accredited first aid training provider using competency-based assessment;
• CPR accreditation should be renewed every 12 months; and
• The HLT07 Health Training Package, developed by the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council, provides the basis for meeting the first aid requirements in the workplace. Since the publication of the code, the HLT07 Health Training Package has been superseded by the current training package, HLT – Health.
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