Workplace Compliance Audits

The penalties now facing businesses that fail to comply with the new legislation is quite severe, so the importance in getting everything in order is greater than ever.

Having a first aid kit is a key part of achieving compliance. Access to these kits must be easy, with their contents properly managed and adequately stocked at all times. Automated external defibrillators and eyewash stations may also be required.

According to the WHS laws, all business owners must:

  • provide first aid facilities that are adequate for the immediate treatment of injuries that arise at the place of work.
  • ensure first aid facilities include a first aid kit appropriate for the number of employees on each site and work environment.
  • ensure first aid kits are maintained in proper condition and the contents are replenished as necessary.
  • ensure first aid kits are regularly checked to ensure the contents are as listed and have not deteriorated or expired.
  • ensure first aid kits have a white cross on a green background with the words 'First Aid' prominently displayed on the outside.
  • ensure first aid kits are located at points convenient to the work force and where there is a risk of injury occurring.
  • provide at least one first aid kit on each floor of a multi-level workplace.
  • provide each work vehicle with a vehicle first aid kit.

If you are unsure if your workplace is compliant under the current First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice, please contact our office on 8349 8063 for a free onsite audit.

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October is nationally recognised as Defibrillator Awareness Month.

 

Research published in the European Resuscitation Council's official journal “Resuscitation” examines community’s out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest data, both before and after running widespread CPR instruction programs and making AEDs available.

The research discovered that after the communities had made CPR training and AEDs readily available, out-of-hospital victims of Cardiac Arrest were four times more likely to receive CPR and twice as likely to receive defibrillation before emergency services arrived.
"Chest compressions and AED placement are critical first steps in the chain of survival that can be performed by citizens and first responders, so engaging the public is crucial," said Lori Boland, lead author of the study.

The study examined 294 out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest events across 17 communities.
120 out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest events were studied before the communities had widespread AEDs and CPR training available, and 174 events afterwards.

Bystander CPR rates increased from 83% to 95%, and bystander Defibrillation increased from 63% to 77% - with a recorded rise in survival rates.
"This paper confirms our belief that training the public results in increased bystander CPR and AED rates," said Dr Charles Lick, co-author of the report.

For the month of October, if you purchase a Heartsine Samaritan defibrillator, we will include a FREE Cabinet and Prep Kit valued at over $200.00!