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Do we have to provide first aid kits in company vehicles?

Q: What is the legal requirement for provision of first aid kits in company-provided vehicles?

A: A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) is required to ensure the provision of first aid equipment for the workplace. This duty is imposed by regulation 42 of the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011.

While not a legal requirement, the Model Code of Practice First Aid in the Workplace provides practical guidance on how PCBUs might comply with this duty. The code of practice suggests that portable first aid kits should be provided in the vehicles of mobile workers if that is their workplace. It provides examples of the types of workers this applies to, including couriers, taxi drivers, sales representatives, bus drives and inspectors.

It is best practice to provide a first aid kit in a company vehicle if staff are using the car to conduct any of their duties.

Please note: The answer is correct at the time of publishing. Be aware that laws may change over time. Refer to First aid and Vehicle safety for current advice.

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