The Education and Care Services National Law (Section 169) and National Regulations (Regulation 136) mandates that for approved services that provide education or care to a child (e.g. school or daycare), that there must be at least one member of staff present:
- Who holds a current first aid qualification;
- Who has undergone approved anaphylaxis management training;
- Who has undergone emergency asthma management training.
This could be one member of staff who has completed all modules, or three members of staff who have completed one module each. The fine for non-compliance is $2000. However, it is worth remembering that the real cost of non-compliance could be a child’s life.
At We Train You, as a Licensed Training Provider of Safety Corp (RTO 91694), we offer accredited HLTAID004 training. “Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting”. HLTAID004 is approved by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as an appropriate course for first aid, asthma, and anaphylaxis.
In addition to covering asthma and anaphylaxis, participants of the course are also trained in general first aid topics such as broken bones and fractures, soft tissue injuries, choking, and drowning amongst many other scenarios. Importantly, this course also covers how to provide CPR to infants, children, and adults. Adult, child, and infant CPR certification should be retaken every 12 months to remain valid.
For more information about any of our courses, or to book a place on one, you can call us on (08) 9337 3451 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young children have a habit of getting up to mischief. Whether that’s putting something in their mouth that poses a danger, tripping and falling while learning to walk, or pulling something on top of them; there are almost countless ways a child can get injured.
Luckily, most of the time, you can wrestle the forbidden objects out of their hand before it reaches their mouth or kiss their minor cuts and scrapes better. Unfortunately, occasionally, the situation can be more severe and you may be required to deliver urgent, life-saving care.
Infant first aid classes are the perfect antidote to the anxiety that can plague parents and those who work with young children. Once trained, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to act calmly and quickly to resolve the situation rapidly.
Who should take infant first aid classes?
At We Train You, we offer first aid training for parents and first aid training for those who either work in education or care for children. However, it’s important to note that this training isn’t exclusively for these groups of people. Whether you’re an older sibling, a grandparent, or just a caring citizen; the more people who are qualified, the better.
If you have qualified as a standard first aider, we still recommend taking an infant-specific course. Infants and children, due to their smaller and more delicate bodies, require procedures such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Choking management to be administered differently compared to an adult due to their different airways. They are also more prone to airway issues such as asthma and anaphylaxis, which are life-threatening.
First aid training for parents
Our first aid training course for parents provides parents with the confidence to administer first aid across a range of scenarios. Topics covered include:
- How to deal with an unresponsive baby or child, and how to perform CPR.
- Anaphylaxis – a severe allergic reaction that can be life-threatening.
- Fever, and febrile seizures which can occur when an infant gets too hot.
- Head Injuries
- Whooping cough
Depending on your reasons for taking the course, we can provide you with an accreditation following the successful completion of the course. (HLTAID001 – Provide CPR).
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 email@example.com to find out more.
We are frequently asked, by those who have just completed their basic first aid training, “what do I need to put in the first aid kit for my business?”. It’s an important question to ask, not just because providing a first aid kit is a legal obligation, but because a well-stocked first aid kit has the potential to save lives.
What does my first aid kit need to contain?
The contents of your first aid kit will vary on the location of your workplace and the nature of the work being undertaken.
As a general rule, Safe Work Australia recommend that basic first aid kits should contain:
- First aid instructions – including a CPR flow chart (x1)
- Notebook and pen (x1)
- Face shield or resuscitation mask (x1)
- Disposable nitrile gloves (x5 pairs)
- Square, sterile, gauze pieces 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm (3 per pack) (5 packs)
- Saline solution (x15 ml) (8)
- Adhesive dressing strips (pack of 50)
- Alcohol free wound cleaning wipes (1% Cetrimide BP) (x10)
- Splinter probes (disposable, single use) (x10)
- Tweezers or forceps (x1)
- Antiseptic liquid or spray (50 ml) (x1)
- A selection of non-adherent wound dressings/pads:
- Small, 5 cm x 5 cm (x6)
- Medium, 7.5 cm x 10 cm (x3)
- Large, 10 cm x 10 cm (x1)
- Conforming cotton bandages:
- 5 cm width (x3)
- 7.5 cm width (x3)
- Crepe bandage 10 cm (for serious bleeding/pressure application) (x1)
- Scissors (x1)
- Hypoallergenic adhesive tape (non-stretch) – 2.5 cm wide roll (x1)
- Safety pins (packet of 6) (x1)
- BPC wound dressings:
- Medium – No. 14 (x1)
- Large – No. 15, large 1 Dressing – Combine Pad 9 x 20 cm (x1)
- Plastic bag and clip seal (x1)
- Triangular bandage (calico or cotton minimum width 90 cm) (x2)
- Rescue blanket (x1)
- Single-use eye pad (x4)
- Ideally, access to 20 minutes of clean running water or include hydrogel (3.5 gm sachets) if there is no access to clean water (x5)
- Instant ice pack (x1)
For workplaces based outside it is recommended that, in addition to the items above, a heavy duty crepe bandage and string relief cream/gel/spray is included.
- If your workplace is in a remote location, that will take longer for medical professionals to reach; you should also include:
- A whistle that can be used to attract attention
- A torch
- A heavy duty crepe bandage
- Large, clean, polythene sheets
- Thermal blanket
Finally, if your workplace exposes employees to a risk of suffering a burn, the kit should also include:
Instructions on how to treat burn injuries, ideally printed on a waterproof card. One card to be stored in the first aid kit and the other by the emergency water supply.
- hydrogel sachets (8 × 3.5-gram sachets)
- hydrogel dressings
- clean polythene sheets (small, medium and large)
Remember to regularly check your first aid kit to ensure that it remains fully stocked. As a general rule, check it after every use or every 12 months if it is unused. Check:
- For missing items that need replacing.
- That the items haven’t met their expiry date.
- That items, such as bandages, are still sealed and sterile.
Where should I store the first aid kit?
When choosing where to store your first aid kit, you need to consider two main things. Firstly, identify the areas where an accident is more likely to occur. Secondly, find a prominent place within the high-risk areas to locate the first aid kit.The first aid kit should be easy to access by any member of staff so don’t store it in a locked filing cabinet, or in an area that has restricted access.
Always remember that you may need more than one first aid kit. For example, if you have several high-risk areas or the business is spread out across multiple floors of a building. If this is the case, take time to carefully consider the location of each kit.
Finally, consider using signs to direct to the first aid kit, or above the first aid kit to highlight its position. A sign with a green background and a white ‘+’ is a well recognised symbol for first aid so where possible, make sure you utilise them.
If you need any help or advice putting together a first aid kit for your business, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on (08) 9337 3451. You can also look at the Safe Work Australia Model Code of Practice for First aid in the workplace for more guidance.
But to make life even easier for you, we have teamed up with First Aid Kits Australia, another WA-owned business and chosen what we consider the best kits to meet your needs in accordance with worksafe criteria. Please go here to find a kit that meets your requirements. Feel free to ask us if you have any queries.