It’s a typical day at work when, suddenly, one of your employees collapses. You think they might have fainted, but as you rush over to them, you notice they are no longer breathing. You know you need to give them CPR, but do you know how to do it?

Life is unpredictable, and you never know when disaster may strike. Although the majority of trained first-aiders never need to use their skills beyond treating minor injuries, it is essential that a business has qualified first aiders on hand. Knowing what to do in an emergency can mean the difference between life and death.

Your legal obligations and the cost of non-compliance

Businesses are legally obligated, under clause 42 of the Model Work Health and Safety Regulations, to provide first aid equipment that all workers can access, and to provide an adequate number of first aiders.

The first aid equipment, and the number of first aiders required, varies on the size and location of the workplace, and the nature of the work that is being carried out. Naturally, some workplaces are more dangerous than others,and those in a remote area would have to wait longer for medical assistance, making first aiders even more essential.

How to be first aid ready

Provide adequate first aid equipment

The equipment you need to provide will vary on the nature of your workplace. As a general rule, you should always provide the essential equipment to handle injuries such as cuts, sprains, burns, broken bones, eye injuries, and significant bleeding wounds. This will include items such as non-adherent wound dressings, bandages, adhesive tape, and disposable gloves.

If your business is located in a remote area, you will need items such as whistle for attracting attention, heavy duty crepe bandages for snake bites, and large clean sheeting for covering burns.

We’ve written an article on how to stock your workplace first aid kit in more detail here.

Provide adequate number of first aiders

The number of first aiders within your workplace is also influenced by the nature of your workplace. Guidance suggests that for a low-risk workplace you need to have one first aider for every 50 workers, and for high-risk workplaces you provide one first aider for every 25 workers. This number increases for a high-risk workplace in a remote location, in this situation one first aider per 10 workers is suggested.

Naturally, there is no maximum number of first aiders recommended. We believe it is always best to train more than the legal minimum as you never know when a first aider may call in sick, or when there may be multiple casualties to care for.

For a person to be classified as a qualified first aider, they must hold a certificate issued by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). We Train You are partnered with Safety Corp Pty Ltd (RTO 9164), so you can be assured that all first aid classes delivered by us meet the nationally-recognised standard.

In a low-risk workplace, to be classified as a first aider, the person needs to be qualified to deliver cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and to treat minor injuries. We offer an all-in-one course that covers both CPR and Basic First Aid (HLTAID003), which is an excellent starting point for all new first aiders. A CPR Certification lasts for 12 months but the First Aid Certification remains valid for 3 years, we also offer stand-alone CPR Certification Classes (HLTAID001).

We Train You delivers accredited first aid training in Fremantle, Western Australia. We can provide workplace-tailored first aid classes at a time and date that suits you. We come on site and train your staff at your workplace making it easier to organise and more competitively priced. Call us on (08) 9337 3451 or email us at to find out more.