What is the compliance code for First Aid Training in the workplace? And why do we even need it?
Occupational Health & Safety Law clearly states that employers have an obligation to “provide, as far as is reasonably practicable, a safe working environment and adequate facilities for the welfare of their employees.”
Which, if you think about it, is a very fair and reasonable thing. After all no one going to work should face any unreasonable risks and if they do, they should have the help and support they need.
The law goes on to say that employers must provide “adequate facilities for the welfare of employees at any workplace under the employer’s management and control”.
That “safe working environment” and “adequate facilities” clearly cover such things as having the appropriate first aid measures in place, including of course first aid kits AND suitably trained first aid officers.
It’s interesting to note the law extends beyond employees to contractors and their staff who visit or work in locations under the employer’s management or control.
The law provides two options for businesses to comply with the Code.
The first is a prescribed approach where the number of first aid officers is specified as well as their duties and training. Also prescribed is the number of first aid kits and their contents. Even the number of first aid rooms to be provided is specified!
The second approach, which applies mostly to “micro-businesses” of less than 10 employees, may only require the employer to provide first aid kits if they are deemed “low risk”.
The final approach, which applies to larger businesses and those with higher levels of risk, entails having to do a risk assessment first to work out exactly what is needed for that particular business to determine the number of first aid officers required, their training level, first aid kits, rooms and other details.
Bottom line is that employers do need to keep their first aid officers up to date with their training and ensure their first aid kits are on-site and fully stocked.
At Results First Aid we can help you with all of that right now. And that’s part of the reason why we are an essential service and remain open to deliver this vital training for your business.