Assessment of Requirements for workplace First Aid


First aid requirements of individual workplaces will differ.
A number of factors should be considered when determining adequate and appropriate first aid services. These factors include:

  • number and distribution of employees, and regular visitors at the workplace
  • location and/or isolation of the workplace
  • size and layout of the workplace
  • number of sites
  • availability of emergency services or medical facilities
  • types of incidents, illness, and injuries to which employees and visitors may be exposed
  • particular circumstances or activities that increase or decrease risk of injury/illness (e.g. location, isolation, specific hazards of  the site or activities carried out)
  • staff or visitors who have specific medical conditions requiring health services at regular intervals and/or monitoring

Factors to be considered when assessing first aid requirements can be determined via:

  • walk through surveys
  • review of incident, accident and injury or illness data
  • evaluation of work processes, other activities and product information
  • consultation with employees
  • Consultation with the workplace health and safety committee.

Number of Trained First Aid Officers
A risk assessment to determine adequate first aid services will assist the manager to identify the minimum number of first aid personnel. The risk assessment should be undertaken by, or in conjunction with the Workplace Health and Safety Committee if you have one.

The risk assessment should consider the number of staff, layout of the site as well as the nature of activities carried out.

Samford First Aid is able to offer advice and/or complete the following activities for your workplace:

  • walk through surveys
  • review of incident, accident and injury or illness data
  • evaluation of work processes, other activities and product information
  • Provision of documentation for the assessment process