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First Aid Assessment For Workplaces

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This assessment has been developed as a guide to assist organisations to determine appropriate management of first aid in the workplace. It should be of assistance when undertaking an assessment of the type and level of first aid requirements in the workplace. It must be remembered that it is only a guide and as such, any recommendations given must be used in conjunction with other relevant observations and guidelines from manufacturers, suppliers, recognised authorities and other independent bodies. It should be worked through by a management representative in conjunction with an employee representative in order to gain the full perspective of the workplace requirements for each worksite.

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  Size and Layout of WorkplaceShow section icon | Hide section icon*

Number of Different Work Processes

Max Distance to Accident Treatment Facilities

  Score No. of Different Work Processes No. of Floors Area of Worksite Max. Distance to Accident Treatment Facilities
0 Only 1 structured process 1 distinct floor < 10 square meters < 5 kilometers
1 2 separate work processes 1 floor with additions 10-100 square meters 5-10 kilometers
2 3-4 work processes 2 floors 100-1000 square meters 10-20 kilometers
3 More than 4 More than 2 floors > 1000 square meters More than 20 kilometers
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Employee Work Conditions

Others Affected by Work Process

  Score Number of staff Shifts Employee Work Conditions Others Affected by Work Processes
0 1-5 1 Distinct working period for all employees All employees based at 1 site Only those employees on the site
1 -20 1 shift, with some extension All employees on site, with some isolated working conditions Employees on site and some contractors
2 20-50 Some shift work involved Some employees work off site Employee, contractors, and some visitors
3 More than 50 24 hr shift work Employees often involved in contract or off site work Members of the public also affected or involved
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  Known Occurrences of Accidents and Illnesses (12 month period)Show section icon | Hide section icon*

Severity of Injuries

Medical Services Involved

  Score Number of Injuries Severity of Injuries No. Days Away from Work Medical Services Involved
0 0-5 Only minor with no time lost 0 None
1 5-10 Minor requiring on-site treatment by other staff No injury requiring more than 2 days No immediate, but may be referred
2 10-20 Mainly minor, with some more serious No injury requiring more than 1 week Taken to medical services
3 > 20 Death, amputation, permanent disability Injury has required more than 1 week away from work Emergency medical services required
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Known Hazards

Special First Aid Requirements

Emergency Services Availability

  Score Known Hazards Severity of Risk Special First Aid Requirements Emergency Service Availability
0 No obvious uncontrolled hazards Low None Emergency services easily contactable and accessible
1 Only some minor hazards which have control mechanisms Low - Moderate Some cautions given on Material Safety Data Sheets Emergency services within reasonable contact distance
2 Some minor and major hazards identified and controlled Moderate Some toxic, poisonous or special requirements detailed on Material Safety Data Sheets Emergency services some distance away and require hazard details
3 Any uncontrolled hazards High Hazards require unique and special treatments Emergency services not easily accessed and require full details of on- site potential hazards
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With any of the criteria if there is more than one possible answer to the topic, then the highest scoring factor must be taken.

Final Score Recommendations
0 – 12
  • At this level the workplace would be simple in its layout and the required first aid resources would only need to cover basic necessities, as medical treatment should be close at hand if need be.
  • There is a need to have a basic first aid kit at this level in accordance with legislative requirements
  • A separate first aid room is not necessary.
  • Adequate first aid training for at least one employee who is available for all working hours is recommended. (if there are more than 25 persons at the workplace one first aider is required by legislation)
13 – 24
  • Most average work sites would come under this level. There may be a great deal of variance in these work sites and first aid facilities must cater to this need. These facilities should have regular emergency evacuation drills at least yearly.
  • There should be a substantial first aid kit with all the contents of the basic kit and additional material for spares. This would also include additional units such as an eye module, burns module and any other that may be deemed appropriate to the hazards of the workplace. There should also be additional basic first aid kits that are located in each work area and accessible to all employees.
  • A first aid room with complete contents as set out in the relevant legislation. (this is a requirement under legislation at workplaces where more than 200 persons work)
  • There should be adequately trained first aiders for each separate area within the workplace and they must be available for all working shifts within that workplace.
25 – 36
  • This category would include larger work places or those with varied processes and perhaps some inherently dangerous working conditions. A first aid specialist may need to be consulted as to the necessary components of the first aid services and resources available at these work sites. These facilities should have emergency evacuation drills at least 6 monthly.
  • Again there should be a substantial first aid kit with all the contents of the basic kit with additional material for spares, and additional units including an eye module, burns module and any other that may be deemed appropriate to the hazards of the workplace. There should also be additional basic first aid kits that are located in each work area and accessible to all employees. This work site may also need additional first aid equipment such as oxygen equipment and medical supplies as they relate to any specific dangerous good or hazardous substance kept on site.
  • A completely separate first aid room should be provided which accommodates all the requirements in the section above with additional requirements as necessitated by any dangerous goods or hazardous substances kept on site.
  • Adequately trained first aiders in all areas for all shifts. These work sites may even consider having access to a full time or part time occupational health service professional such as a nurse.
37 – 48

Work Sites that fall into this category are either large organisations that have varied work processes and/or have large quantities of dangerous goods and hazardous substances, or inherently dangerous work practices. In addition to the requirements of the above section, these sites should have access to fully qualified health professionals either on site or in an on-going contractual service. Any additional first aid requirements of these sites need to be established by professionals. Regular audits of the first aid facilities available and the training of staff in emergency practices and principles need to be conducted by these professionals.

First Aid Requirement to be implemented at this Workplace

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Attachment 1 - First Aid Kit RequirementsShow section icon | Hide section icon

First Aid Kit A , First Aid Kit B and First Aid Kit C mean a first aid kit containing the following items in the quantity (if any) specified in columns A, B and C, respectively:

Item No. of Employees
100+ 10-100 <10
Adhesive plastic dressing strips, sterile, packets of 50 2 1 1
Adhesive dressing tape, 2.5cm 5cm 1 1 -
Bags, plastic, for amputated parts:      
Small 2 1 1
Medium 2 1 1
Large 2 1 -
Dressings, non-adhesive, sterile, 7.5cm 5 2 -
Eye pads, sterile 5 2 -
Gauze bandages:      
5cm 3 1 1
10cm 3 1 -
Gloves, disposable, single 10 4 2
Rescue Blanket, silver space 1 1 -
Safety pins, packets 1 1 11
Scissors, blunt, short-nosed, minimum length 12.5cm 1 1 -
Splinter forceps 1 1 -
Sterile eyewash solution, 10ml single use ampules or sachets 12 6 -
Swabs, pre-packed, antiseptic, packs of 10 1 1 -
Triangular bandages, minimum 90cm 8 4 1
Wound dressings, sterile, non-medicated, large 10 3 1
First-aid pamphlet as approved by relevant state regulatory authority 1 1 1
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