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First aid in the workplace
Code of Practice 2021 (page 13)

Location
In the event of a serious injury or illness, quick access to the kit is vital. First aid kits should be kept in a prominent, accessible location where they can be retrieved quickly. All workers must have access to first aid equipment including in security-controlled workplaces.
First aid kits should be located close to areas where there is a higher risk of injury or illness. For example, a school with a science laboratory or carpentry workshop should have first aid kits located in these areas. If the workplace occupies several floors in a multistorey building, at least one kit should be located on every second floor. Emergency floor plans displayed in the workplace should include the location of first aid kits.
A portable first aid kit should be provided in the vehicles of mobile workers if that is their workplace, for example couriers, taxi drivers, sales representatives, bus drivers and inspectors. These kits should be safely located so as not to become a projectile in a collision.

Work Health and Safety Act 2011
8 Meaning of workplace
(1)    A workplace is a place where work is carried out for a business or undertaking and includes any place where a worker goes, or is likely to be, while at work.
(2)    In this section, place includes—
(a)    a vehicle, vessel, aircraft or other mobile structure; and
(b)    any waters and any installation on land, on the bed of any waters or floating on any waters.

Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011
42 Duty to provide first aid
(1)    A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure—
(a) the provision of first aid equipment for the workplace; and
(b) that each worker at the workplace has access to the equipment; and
(c) access to facilities for the administration of first aid.
Maximum penalty—60 penalty units.
(2)    A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that—
(a) an adequate number of workers are trained to administer first aid at the workplace; or
(b) workers have access to an adequate number of other persons who have been trained to administer first aid.
Maximum penalty—60 penalty units.
(3)    For this section, the person conducting the business or undertaking must have regard to all relevant matters including—
(a) the nature of the work being carried out at the workplace; and
(b) the nature of the hazards at the workplace; and
(c) the size and location of the workplace; and
(d) the number and composition of the workers and other persons at the workplace.

The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 defines the meaning of a workplace, which includes a vehicle. The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 states that a person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure:
•    the provision of first aid equipment for the workplace,
•    that each worker at the workplace has access to the equipment,
•    access to facilities for the administration of first aid,
•    an adequate number of workers are trained to administer first aid at the workplace, or
•    workers have access to an adequate number of other persons who have been trained to administer first aid.
 
Members should consider their responsibilities in accordance with the Act and Regulation, conduct a Risk Assessment appropriate to their respective operation and ensure that an effective plan is developed and implemented through their Incident Management Plan (IMP) to provide an effective response to an incident that may require first aid to be administered.
 
Work Health and Safety Act 2011
Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011

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