A person in the workplace, usually a first aider, should be nominated to maintain the first aid kit and should:
- Monitor usage of the first aid kit and ensure items used are replaced as soon as practical after use.
- Carry out regular checks, after each use or, if the kit is not used, at least once every 12 months, to ensure the kit contains a complete set of the required items. An inventory list in the kit should be signed and dated after each check.
- Ensure items are in working order, have not deteriorated, are within their expiry dates and sterile products are sealed and have not been tampered with.
Reviewing of first aid requirements
A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) should regularly review their first aid arrangements in consultation with the workers.
The below questions can assist in the review of first aid and assess whether improvement is needed.
- Do all workers have access to first aiders and first aid kits?
- Are more first aid kits required?
- Are more first aiders required?
- Do workers have access to first aiders at all times?
- Do the first aid kits and modules suit the hazards at your workplace?
- Are first aid kits well maintained and identifiable to workers?
- Is a first aid room or health centre required?
- Are first aid facilities well maintained?
- Do first aiders have skills, training, and competencies to provide first aid in the workplace and are their skills up to date?
- Do workers know how to access first aid?
Is there easy access for emergency services, like parking for an ambulance?