Your questions answered: Can we provide painkillers to workers?

By Portner Press on December 13th, 2018
  1. Fire, Emergency & Incidents
  2. First aid in the workplace


Is there legislation or regulations that stipulate an employer cannot provide workers paracetamol in the workplace?


There is no express restriction in work health and safety legislation that prevents an employer from providing medication to workers.

However, the SafeWork Australia First Aid in the Workplace Code of Conduct provides that medication, including analgesics like paracetamol and aspirin, should not be included in first aid kits because of their potential to cause adverse health effects in some people. These include pregnant women, asthmatics and people with other medical conditions.

The supply of these medications may also be controlled by drugs and poisons laws. The Code of Conduct suggests that workers requiring prescribed and over-the-counter medications should carry their own medication for their personal use.

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