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Does your business meet the DoL first aid requirements?

by , 16 July 2014
You should never issue tablets or medicine like cough mixture from your first aid kit. You must be a registered clinic with the Department of Health before you can legally dispense medicine or tablets. Let's take a look at what you can include in your first aid kit...

Dear Reader

I'm sometimes amazed at how relaxed some companies are with their first aid kit. They leave them unlocked and stocked with items that could be harmful to their staff.

You should never issue tablets or medicine like cough mixture from your first aid kit. You must be a registered clinic with the Department of Health before you can legally dispense medicine or tablets. Besides, the person you give tablets or medicine to may be allergic to them and you can cause great harm. Plus, some medicines make people drowsy and this affects their ability to work safely.

Another basic rule to remember is what to include in your first aid kit. Let's take a look….

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The law dictates the contents of your first aid kit

First, remember that you need to have a first aid kit if you employ five or more people.

Here's a checklist of the 18 minimum requirements for a first aid kit (Regulation 3):
  1. Wound cleaner / antiseptic (100ml)
  2. Swabs for cleaning wounds
  3. Cotton wool for padding (100 g)
  4. Sterile gauze (minimum quantity 10)
  5. 1 pair of forceps (for splinters)
  6. 1 pair of scissors (minimum size 100mm)
  7. 1 set of safety pins
  8. 4 triangular bandages
  9. 4 roller bandages (75mm x 5m)
  10. 4 roller bandages (100mm x 5m)
  11. 1 roll of elastic adhesive (25mm x 3m)
  12. 1 non-allergenic adhesive strip (25mm x 3m)
  13. 1 packet of adhesive dressing strips (minimum quantity, 10 assorted sizes)
  14. 4 first aid dressings (75mm x 100mm)
  15. 4 first aid dressings (150mm x 200mm)
  16. 2 straight splints
  17. 2 pairs large and 2 pairs medium disposable latex gloves
  18. 2 CPR mouth pieces or similar devices
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Assess your workplace today: Do you have the minimum requirements?

You now know that you need a first aid kit if you employ five or more people, but did you know that you need a trained first aider if you employ ten or more people?

In a factory, you need to have one first aider for every 50 employees.

In shops or offices, you need to have one first aider for every 100 employees.

Do an assessment today based on how many employees you have, the number of shifts, risk of work, etc. to see if you need more than the minimum requirement. Remember, you need to think about your night shift requirements as well!

I hope that today's bulletin will make you inspect your first aid kit and do an assessment! Remember, it's vital to inspect the content of your first aid kit on a monthly basis to make sure you're never out of stock if an accident happens in your company.

Stay safe,

Rachel Paterson
Business Publisher

P.S. Here's one final tip. A common problem is the theft of first aid stock. One way to deal with this is to lock the first aid box and keep the key in a break-glass box next to the first aid kit. Alternatively, ensure you have at least two first aiders on duty (in case one is off sick or is injured) and issue keys only to them.

Remember: It's an offence to tamper or interfere with first aid boxes (OHS Act). Make sure all your employees know this.







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