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In the ever-evolving landscape of workplace health and safety, Perth-based businesses must stay on top of the latest First Aid Code of Practice regulation changes to ensure a safe working environment for all employees.  

What is the First Aid Code of Practice?

The First Aid Code of Practice outlines the minimum requirements for the provision of first aid facilities, services, and personnel in Australian workplaces. This guide is not only about compliance but ensuring that when accidents happen, the response is swift, efficient, and, most importantly, effective.

Legislation can be challenging to interpret and understand, here’s a simplified outline of the requirements of First Aid Code of Practice

How do I conduct a risk assessment at my workplace?

The first step for any Perth-based business is to conduct a thorough risk assessment based on the First Aid Code of Practice. This assessment should consider the nature of the work, the potential hazards, the size and layout of the workplace, and the proximity to medical services. This will determine the level of first aid measures required. 

See the following examples: 


How the hazard could cause harm 

Likelihood of occurrence and degree of harm 

First aid implications 

Hazardous chemicals:  

solvents, disinfectants 

Respiratory illnesses, for example, an asthma emergency, cancers and dermatitis 

Possible risk of daily exposure to hazardous chemicals for 2 cleaners. Good ventilation is provided.  

Protective equipment like gloves and aprons used by workers. 

Safety data sheets and labels instruct to rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Eye wash equipment required. 
Noise  Hearing damage  Possible risk of daily exposure to noise for 65 factory workers. Low noise emitting machines have been purchased. Protective equipment like ear plugs used by workers.  First aid only required 

in extreme situations. 

Manual handling  Muscular strain  Low risk of daily exposure to manual handling risks. Mechanical aids, workstation alterations and systems of work significantly eliminate and minimise risk.  Possible strains and sprains requiring ice packs, slings, and compression bandages 

Does my workplace need a First Aid kit?

According to the First Aid Code of Practice, every workplace needs to be equipped with adequate first aid kits. The contents of these kits should be tailored to the specific hazards of the workplace, ensuring that they are always stocked and accessible. 

How many First Aid personnel does my workplace require?

The First Aid Code of Practice stipulates that workplaces must have a sufficient number of trained first aiders. The level of training and the ratio of first aiders to employees will depend on the results of the risk assessment. 

The following ratios are recommended: 

  • low risk workplaces – one first aider for every 50 workers
  • high risk workplaces – one first aider for every 25 workers
  • remote high-risk workplaces – one first aider for every 10 workers

Does my workplace need to provide First Aid facilities?

As stipulated in the First Aid Code of Practice, larger workplaces or those with higher risks may need to provide additional first aid facilities, such as a dedicated first aid room. This is particularly relevant for industrial sites or workplaces with a high number of employees. 

What Training and information is essential?

It’s not enough to have the facilities and personnel in place; all employees should be aware of the first aid procedures. The First Aid Code of Practice stipulated that regular training and clear, accessible information are vital components of a compliant first aid strategy. 

First Aid, including CPR, is valid for three years with the CPR component needing annual recertification. 

Remember to Review and Evaluate

The First Aid Code of Practice emphasises the importance of regular reviews of first aid arrangements. This ensures that the measures in place continue to meet the needs of the workplace and comply with current regulations. 

How We Can Help?

As specialists in delivering first aid training to corporate clients across Perth and the state of Western Australia, we are perfectly positioned to assist your business in complying with the First Aid Code of Practice 

Our services include

Risk Assessment Consultation: We can help you conduct a thorough first aid risk assessment, ensuring that your business is compliant with the First Aid Code of Practice. 

Accredited Training: Our range of first aid training courses ensures that your first aiders are equipped with the latest knowledge and skills. 

Compliance with Confidence

Adhering to the First Aid Code of Practice is not just about ticking boxes; it’s about fostering a culture of safety and preparedness. By taking proactive steps to comply with these regulations, the workplace can protect their most valuable asset – their employees. 

In navigating the complexities of workplace health and safety, remember that you’re not alone. We’re here to guide you through every step of the process, helping you to protect your business and its employees. 

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