What You Need to Know About Keeping Your Staff Ready for Anything

Considering we’re all about workplace health and safety here at OHS Compliance Solutions, it stands to reason that one of the important topics to us is first aid.

First aid is vital in any workplace, but given the higher risks faced by tradies, it’s especially crucial.

We touched on this subject briefly during our blog on white cards. If you missed it, you can find it here. In this blog, we’ll be covering some important aspects to keep in mind when considering first aid in your business.

It goes without saying that tradies always face an increased risk of running into an incident that could require immediate medical attention.

There’s no telling where or when an accident might happen, or to whom. It’s best to be prepared to support an employee or colleague in the event of an incident.

Whose Job is it Anyway?

In our effort to support you, we talk about your obligations regularly in this blog, and none is more important than your obligation to the safety of your employees.

This also extends to visitors, contractors, and anyone else who spends time at your workplace.

You must ensure that there are adequate and appropriate first aid resources and training available for your staff, particularly the first aid officers you choose to appoint.

Of course, this doesn’t absolve employees, contractors or visitors of all responsibility. They should all take reasonable care not to take unnecessary risks that could result in injury.

They should all be aware of safety protocols, follow WHS guidelines and policies, and perform their jobs safely to avoid taking unnecessary risks. This is information that you need to provide upon their entry or induction. 

There are also warning signs available that you can display.

What Are the First Aid Requirements?

Risk of injury is an occupational hazard when you’re in the trade industry, so the obligations to take steps to mitigate the risk are vital. Besides actively avoiding injury or even death on your watch, you could also incur hefty fines if you don’t meet the minimum legal requirements for first aid.

At the very least, employers should ensure that there are an adequate number of first aid kits onsite. This is dependent on a number of factors, including the size of the worksite and the number of people present at any given time.

The kits should be checked and reviewed regularly to ensure that the products inside are in date and fully stocked. They should be monitored, and products should be replaced at least every 12 months.

You should also ensure:

• That all workers are aware of the location of first aid kits, especially the trained first aid officers

• The location of the first aid kits

• Who the certified first aid officers are and where they’re located

• The procedures that should be followed when first aid or further medical attention is needed

As an employer, you should ensure that you have an adequate number of trained first aid officers on-site at any point.

More detailed information can be found at safeworkaustralia.com.au, but it’s your responsibility to ensure that you’re fully compliant with the laws and guidelines of your state.

First Aid Officers 

If you have first aid officers onsite, you will need to send them for training with a registered training organisation at a minimum.

They will be issued a certificate, but since your workplace is likely to have a higher risk of serious injury, your officers will likely require more advanced training. It’s important that you are aware of the requirements that you need to meet within your industry.

First aid courses are readily available, so make sure you do your research to find the best course for your industry. 

This isn’t the place to skimp; ensuring you have the best and most comprehensive course for your chosen first aid officers is an investment in the safety of your staff and visitors.

Regardless of having a number of first aid officers on site, it’s still a good idea to provide basic first aid training to the rest of your staff.

This can be done during induction and should be reviewed regularly to ensure your staff has the most up to date information to keep themselves and others safe.

First aid should always be taken seriously, since accidents can happen at any time, no matter how many precautions you take.

Whether you’re a visitor to a worksite, the boss of a construction company, or reception worker in the office of a trade company, knowing the basics of first aid or injury treatment could mean the difference between a small or more serious injury.
For more guidance on health and safety in the workplace, contact us on sales@ohscompliancesolutions.com.au.

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