The WHS Regulations (reg 42) requires every PCBU to provide workers with access to an “adequate number of trained first aiders”.
This assessment form will enable you to work out what is the “adequate number of trained first aiders” for your workplace that will satisfy regulation 42.
This assessment form is compiled from the guidance given on pages 3, 14, and 15 in the SafeWork NSW First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice July 2015.
Step1: Low or High Risk Workplace
The First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice recommends:
See the definitions of a “low risk workplace” and a “high risk workplace” in the definitions section at the end of this assessment form and decide how they apply to your workplace(s).
Many workplaces are not 100% low risk activities or 100% high risk activities. Consider the nature of the work being carried out at the workplace and determine if you have workers who are at a high risk of being exposed to hazards that could require immediate first aid treatment and if there are workers who are low risk.
It could be that at your workplace you have a low risk area such as a significant number of office workers and a high risk workplace area such as a manufacturing plant. You may decide to tick both boxes and calculate the maximum number of workers you may have in each area.
Tick the box that applies to your workplace. Calculate the maximum number of workers you have in your low or high risk workplace and work out the number of first aiders needed using the low or high risk ratio you have ticked.
The number of trained first aiders you have worked out is your starting point. But there are other factors from the Code of Practice that you also need to consider.
Step 2. Other factors
1. Is your workplace workplace remote or is access to emergency services difficult?
Determine if the workplace is remote or if access to emergency services is difficult. The Code of Practice recommends that “high risk” workplaces that do not have timely access to medical and ambulance services should have at least one first aider for every 10 workers.
2. How do your workers carry out work?
Consider the variety of ways that your workers carry out work, for example:
In these situations, it may not be practicable to have a first aider available at all times at the workplace. However, these workers must be able to access first aid assistance, for example by ensuring they are provided with:
Before finalising the number of first aiders your workers require access to, consider if there are any other factors that indicate that your workplace needs additional first aiders, for example:
Keep Records & Review
Keep a record of the steps you followed and review regularly or when there are significant changes in the matters covered by these steps. This form and the records that you keep will help your PCBU demonstrate compliance with regulation 42 and that reasonably practicable steps were taken to protect health and safety.
High risk workplace
Means a workplace where workers are exposed to hazards that could result in serious injury or illness and would require first aid. Examples of workplaces that may be considered high risk are ones in which workers:
Low risk workplace
Means a workplace where workers are not exposed to hazards that could result in serious injury or illness such as offices, shops or libraries. Potential work-related injuries and illnesses requiring first aid would be minor in nature.
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