Free First Aid Procedure Template
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Purpose of Document
A First Aid Procedure establishes guidelines for the rendering of first aid in the workplace. The key objective is to ensure workers and others are provided with first aid in response to any injury or incident that may occur. This procedure is broadly aligned with the requirements of AS/NZS 45001:2018.
How to Use
This First Aid Procedure should be saved on your server and continually reviewed / updated. It should also be communicated to new workers as part of their induction or onboarding process. This document is a template only and it should be customised for your business ensuring that:
- Workplace specific risks are identified and managed, and
- Workers are consulted with during the customisation / review process.
When to Use
As stated above, this document should be made available to your staff and managers via your server, onedrive or intranet. You should also use it during employee inductions or you may wish to refresh your workers on the contents of the procedure periodically as part of a safety meeting or similar forum.
Who Should Use
This procedure should be reviewed and updated by your Safety Advisor, Project Manager or other Manager. Supervisors or managers can use the procedure to communicate the requirements to workers (including new workers).
There is no specific legal requirement to have a documented Fatigue Management Procedure. However, it is best practice, especially for larger companies. It can help meet general legal duties, including:
- s(42) WHS Regulations – Duty to Provide First Aid
- s(43) WHS Regulations – Duty to Prepare, Maintain and Implement Emergency Response Plan
How many first aiders should a workplace have?
The first aid code of practice states that workplaces should have 1 first aider for every 50 staff (1/50) in “low risk” work environments and 1 first aider for every 25 workers (1/25) for “high-risk” work areas. Remote workplaces should have 1 first aider for every 10 staff (1/10).
What should a first aid kit contain?
The first aid code of practice states that a first aid should contain equipment to manage injuries such as:
- Cuts, scratches, punctures, grazes and splinters
- muscular sprains and strains
- minor burns
- amputations and/or major bleeding wounds
- broken bones
- eye injuries
A workplace assessment should be conducted to determine any additional first aid needs, including where:
- chemical liquids or powders are handled in open containers
- spraying, hosing or abrasive blasting operations are carried out
- there is a possibility of flying particles causing eye injuries
- there is a risk of splashing or spraying of infectious materials, or
- welding, cutting or machining operations are carried ou
Article Sources and Further Reading
- First Aid (Safe Work Australia) <https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/safety-topic/managing-health-and-safety/first-aid>
- Model Code of Practice: First Aid in The Workplace <https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/system/files/documents/1908/code_of_practice_-_first_aid_in_the_workplace_0_0.pdf>