Whether we like it or not, as employers, we have a duty to provide first aid facilities for our workplaces. This is outlined under Section 13 of the Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations 2016.
In essence we need to ensure our workers have access to first aid facilities. The legislation isn't very prescriptive about what should be included but they very clearly state we need to take into account "relevant matters".
So what does this mean?
There are four things we need to consider when determining what first aid facilities are required:
WorkSafe tells us, that when we are trying to determine what is adequate for our workplaces, we also need to take into account the following:
You may find WorkSafe's First Aid Risk Assessment and/ore their needs assessmenttemplates in helping to determine your workplace's first aid needs. For more information about fulfilling your duty, refer to WorkSafe's guidance document for First Aid in Workplaces as well as their Fact Sheet or talk to us.
WorkSafe recommends the following minimum contents for First Aid Kits. These contents assume a low risk organisation without specific risks such as chemicals, dust, eye injuries, etc.
Vehicles are considered a workplace where they are being used for work purposes. If your workers are spending large amounts of their time in their vehicles (e.g. truck drivers, crane operators, plant operators) and/or your vehicles are being used for field service work there is a high likelihood they should be fitted with first aid equipment.
Remote workers need special consideration when it comes to first aid facilities. Employers need to consider these workers may be working alone and/or be a significant distance from medical help so they need to have access to supplies that will enable them to manage their injuries until help arrives, or they can get themselves to assistance.
Talk to usabout how we can assist you with working out the first aid needs of your workplace