First aiders and first aid coordinators
First Aid Coordinators:
It is the responsibility of the First Aid co-ordinator to:
- notify area First Aiders of the requirement to be immunised against Hepatitis B;
- act as focal point for communication between First Aiders in the work area and OH&S;
- complete first aid assessment of the unit;
- allocate specific duties to First Aiders;
- ensure that first aid kits, supplies and equipment are maintained;
- monitor the record keeping associated with First Aid kits, supplies and equipment;
- liaise the local OHS committee and OH&S on First Aid matters;
- ensure First Aiders have Hepatitis B vaccinations and current training qualifications;
- adhere to the specific requirements and responsibilities for First Aid Coordinators, as noted in the Monash University First Aid Procedure.
It is the responsibility of the First Aiders to:
- complete or have completed, a Hepatitis B immunisation course. Seroconversion to Hepatitis B needs to be obtained. This requirement applies to all new First Aiders and First Aiders renewing their First Aid training who act as First Aiders
- attend training as required. This includes an annual CPR update;
- provide First Aid as needed, always working within their level of competence;
- arrange prompt and appropriate referral as required;
- record all treatment (however minor) on the First Aid Injury Report;
- encourage staff who have had an occupational injury/illness to complete the online Hazard and Incident Report in S.A.R.A.H;
- access information from an SOS bracelet or similar in order to attend to a casualty;
- keep information on casualties confidential apart from reporting requirements and giving relevant information to medical staff;
- maintain First Aid facilities; including First Aid equipment, checking and restocking of First Aid kits, as delegated or if there is no First Aid coordinator for the area;
- report any deficiencies in the First Aid service to their First Aid co-ordinator.
Please note that OH&S does not keep a central record of First Aiders. Lists of First Aiders must be retained and made available locally.