Policy Redesign Project

All policies and procedures are being reviewed as part of this project. This document is pending review, but remains in effect until the review is carried out.

First Aid Procedures

Establishment: Vice-Chancellor, December 2010
Last Amended: Vice-President (Strategic Finance and Resources), 10 December 2013
Nature of Amendment: Procedural changes and compliance with Australian Standard 4775
Date Last Reviewed: 10 December 2013
Responsible Officer: Director, Human Resources

Table of Contents

1.  Overview

2.  Scope

3.  Responsibilities

4.  Procedures

5.  Legal & Policy Framework

6.  Review


1.  Overview

The University provides a system of first aid, including a network of trained and equipped First Aiders. The first aid system is consistent with the First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice 2012.


2.  Scope

These procedures apply to workplaces owned, managed or controlled by Flinders University and to University activities at off-site locations.

3.  Responsibilities

Senior Executives
Responsible for ensuring that these procedures are implemented in their Faculty/Portfolio.
First Aid Coordinators

Responsible for

  • maintaining up-to-date lists of designated First Aiders in their Faculty/Portfolio, including their location and training records;
  • ensuring the contents of first aid kits and any first aid facilities in their Faculty/Portfolio are checked, maintained and documented, at a frequency as determined by the First Aid Risk Assessment; and
  • ensuring that the locations of first aid kits are identified with signage which complies with Australian Standards. 
Managers and Supervisors

Responsible for ensuring that

  • First Aid Requirements Assessments are undertaken for their area(s);
  • an adequate number of first aiders are identified and trained; and
  • where eyewash and shower equipment is installed, they are checked weekly.
Buildings and Property Division

Responsible for annual compliance/flow checks and maintenance of eyewash and shower equipment.

4.  Procedures

4.1  All University workplaces and field activities must have an appropriate number of suitably qualified First Aiders and adequately stocked and maintained first aid kits.

4.2  Each Faculty/Portfolio will appoint a First Aid Coordinator who will be trained at a minimum at Senior First Aid. A list of First Aid Coordinators will be published on the University’s Health and Safety website.

4.3  Each work area will conduct a First Aid Requirements Assessment, in consultation with staff, to determine the number of First Aiders, the level of training required, the content and location of first aid kits for their particular area and the need for, and location of any other first aid facilities such as deluge facilities.

4.4 Each Faculty/Portfolio must keep relevant documentation relating to first aid, including the First Aid Requirements assessments and maps showing locations of first aid kits.

4.5 Each Faculty/Portfolio will have an appropriate number of First Aiders for all work areas and field activities, as determined by the First Aid Requirements Assessment. A list of First Aiders will be published on the University’s Health and Safety website.

4.6  All First Aiders will be trained and re-certified at the level determined by the First Aid Requirements Assessment.

4.7  First Aiders must record all first aid treatments on the First Aid Treatment Record form and advise the injured person to complete an Accident/Incident report form.

4.8  First Aiders must undertake regular checks of first aid kits, at least once a month, to ensure each kit contains a complete set of required items and that the items are in good working order, have not deteriorated and are within their expiry dates.

4.9  Where eyewash and shower equipment is provided, it must meet, and be maintained in accordance with, the requirements of Australian Standard AS 4775 – Emergency eyewash and shower equipment.


5.  Legal & Policy Framework

South Australia

Work Health and Safety Act 2012
Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012
First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice July 2012

Northern Territory

Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011
Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Regulations
First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice July 2012


Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004
Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007
Compliance Code: First Aid in the Workplace

Flinders University Work Health and Safety Policy which applies to all University workplaces regardless of location.


6.  Review

These procedures will be reviewed regularly in the light of legislative and organisational changes, and in any case, at least every four years to ensure they remain effective, relevant and appropriate to the University, and reflect current legislative requirements.