Here are your legal requirements when it comes to first aiders

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 17 Sep. 2014

Tags: first aid, first aider, legal first aid requirements, general safety regulations, ohs act

It's a legal requirement for you to ensure your employees can get first aid treatment in the event of an accident. You can find this rule under the General Safety Regulations in the OSH Act.

But do you know what else the OHS Act says about your first aiders? If you don't comply with these rules, not only are your employees vulnerable to serious injuries, but you'll face penalties too.

To help you avoid this, we're revealing a few of the finer details when it comes to your first aiders...


Here are the finer details about your legal first aid requirement

According to, your duty, as an employer, is that you should ensure all your employees get prompt first-aid treatment in the case of an injury or emergency.
To ensure this, you must have a first aider if you have more than ten employees. 
If you run a factory and have 50 or more employees, you'll need two first aiders. And if you run an office and have 100 or more employees, you must also have two. 
But first aiders need the right tools to do proper first aid. That's why you must have a first aid box if you have more than five employees.
And you can't forget about your legal first aid requirements if you have a night shift either.
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If there was a fire, violent strike or explosion in your company, would your first aider know what to do?
Do your first aiders know what it is?

You still have first aid requirements for night shift

If your employees work night shift, you must ensure there's a first aider on duty at that time as well. 
If you fail to give your night shift employees access to first aiders or emergency response teams, you're violating labour legislation. This legislation says you can't discriminate against employees based on the shift they work.
Ensure you comply with these first aid regulations so your employees have access to first aid in case of an emergency.

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