Workplace Health and Safety

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Accidents, fires and other emergencies

In most workplaces, groups of employees, management and union representatives jointly develop occupational health and safety policies and procedures. Training will often be provided as part of the policy so that all staff are aware of their rights and responsibilities.

First aid


It is important that first aid facilities are available in the workplace and that a number of people in the workplace are trained in first aid. Many workplaces offer to train some of their staff in first aid. If you are ever given this opportunity you should take it - you could save someone’s life.

Employers are required by law to provide first aid facilities. Proper first aid arrangements must be provided for every injury that occurs in the workplace and even minor injuries such as cuts and bruises must be recorded in the accident book.

First aid kits

First aid kits must be accessible to all staff and must be regularly maintained to ensure they are fully stocked and the contents are within their use by dates. The First Aid Advisory Standard 2004 provides practical guidance for first aid requirements including the recommendations for contents of first aid kits.

First aid kit

Read: First aid and medical emergency policy/ Fire procedures policy

You will now learn about:

  • Some basic first aid procedures
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  • First aid kits

First Aid Procedures


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The video below shows the method involved to give CPR to an adult.

What would you do if?


Access the internet to research:

Select: First Aid Hints This site gives you emergency information

Workplace Health and Safety Student Program

Safety sense

Go to Oz technology Training Room

quizComplete Activity 6 OHS Team

Go to the Chat area.

Form a group of 3 or 4 in the chat area. Discuss online what first aid procedures you would adopt in the situation given. When you have finished check the materials in this lesson to evalute how well your group performed. As a group write up your final draft.

Complete Task 6: Fire Incident. Listen to the transcript below. (Complete task and drop into the digital dropbox )


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