Trained first aiders perform an important role in the workplace. When an accident or injury occurs, first aiders provide first-level care to the injured person until an ambulance arrives, and in doing so may help reduce the severity of the injury or even save a life!
First aiders should be trained at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) such as St John’s Ambulance or the Red Cross, with regular refresher courses to keep their skills up to date. First aid kits should be kept on the premises and should be regularly reviewed to ensure they are adequately stocked. Kits should not contain any medications, however, due to the risk of allergies. This includes paracetamol or aspirin.
Of course, it is just as important to control hazards in your business, to reduce the risk of injuries happening in the first place. So make sure to run regular safety checks around your premises to ensure things are in order!
More information on First Aid and business health and safety can be obtained from SafeWork Australia, or from your state’s work safety regulator.