First Aid Guidance
15 Mar 2018

What is First Aid?

First aid is emergency care given to persons suffering injury or illness, before regular medical aid can be obtained. It aims to:

  • Preserve life
  • Promote recovery
  • Prevent the injury or illness becoming worse

Information booklets are available from the WorkCover authority in your State or Territory that give detailed information about Occupational Health and First Aid in the Workplace. The aim of these booklets is to enable workplaces to assess what their first aid needs are depending on the size of their workforce and the type of work performed.

Occupational Health & Safety Guidelines for First Aid Kits

The summary below highlights the OH&S guidelines for First Aid Kits across Australia.

  • Employers must provide First Aid facilities that are adequate for the immediate treatment of injuries that arise at the place of work.
  • Employers must ensure first aid facilities include a First Aid kit appropriate for the number of employees on each site and work environment.
  • Employers should ensure that First Aid kits are maintained in proper condition and the contents are replenished as necessary.
  • First Aid kits should have regular checks to ensure the contents are as listed and have not deteriorated or expired.
  • First aid kits should have a white cross on a green background with the words ‘First Aid’ prominently displayed on the outside.
  • First Aid kits should be located at points convenient to the work force and where there is a risk of injury occurring.
  • At least one First Aid kit should be provided on each floor of a multi-level workplace.
  • Each work vehicle should be provided with a vehicle First Aid kit.

First Aid Legislations and Regulations

Australian states and territories set and govern their respective First Aid Legislations and Regulations. The below details will provide a good starting point when researching Australian First Aid in your workplace.

-New South Wales

  • Occupational Health & Safety Act 2000
  • Occupational Health & Safety Regulation 2001
  • Your Guide to Workplace Health and Safety (WorkCover NSW)
  • Required Kit Contents

-Australian Capital Territory

  • Occupational Health & Safety Act 1989
  • Occupational Health & Safety Regulation (General) 2007
  • First Aid In The Workplace Code Of Practice

-Victoria

  • Occupational Health & Safety Act 2004
  • The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007

-Queensland

  • Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995
  • Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 1997
  • First Aid Code of Practice 2004

-South Australia

  • Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986
  • Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1995
  • SA Code Of Practice For Occupational, Health and Safety

-Western Australia

  • Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984
  • Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996
  • Code Of Practice: First Aid Facilities and Services

-Tasmania

  • Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995
  • Workplace Health and Safety Regulations 1998

-Northern Territory

  • Work Health (Occupational Health and Safety) Regulations – 1996
  • Occupational Safety & Health Act – 1984

First Aid Kits

OH&S regulations vary from state to state. Please refer to the table on the pdf attached for a description of the First Aid kit required for your work place.