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What are the requirements for having trained first aiders?

Q: What are the requirements for having trained first aiders? Is one person trained in first aid sufficient or should there be multiple trained first aiders, in case that person gets sick, for instance?

A: Each workplace will have different first aid requirements, depending on factors such as the size of the workplace and any particular needs of the workers or visitors who might access your workplace. It is important for you to consult with workers regarding the type of first aid equipment, first aid training and policies required.

The Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations do not specify how many first aiders are necessary. However, the First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice recommends the following:

  • low-risk workplaces should have one first aider for every 50 workers; and
  • high-risk workplaces should have one first aider for every 25 workers.

To determine the appropriate number of first aiders for your workplace, you should consider:

  • the size of your workplace;
  • the number of workers;
  • the hazards in your workplace; and
  • the likelihood of incidents occurring that could require first aid.

We suggest you consult all the relevant stakeholders in your business, such as employees, any health and safety representatives and any regular contractors, to ensure that health and safety in your business is managed appropriately.

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

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