First Aid Kits

As a first aider you will be required to use certain items in your treatment of a casualty. Most of these items will be contained within a First Aid Kit.  All First Aid Kits should be in a sealed container that is clearly identified and located in a cool and dry location, readily accessible at all times. The contents of your First Aid Kit will vary depending on your occupation, personal needs, location (such as remote locations) and your specific location within Australia.

Each State and Territory body has different codes of practice and guidelines relating to their minimum requirements with First Aid Kits in the workplace.   Further information can be found with these relevant bodies in each State/Territory such as SafeWork Australia.

The first aid kit should provide basic equipment for administering first aid for injuries including:

  • Cuts, scratches, punctures, grazes and splinters
  • Muscular sprains and strains
  • Minor burns
  • Amputations and/or major bleeding wounds
  • Broken bones
  • Eye injuries
  • Shock

The contents of first aid kits should be based on a risk assessment. For example, there may be a higher risk of eye injuries and a need for more eye pads.

NOTE: The contents of First Aid Kits should be checked regularly to ensure contents are present, in date and clean.