First Aid in Schools
The context for first aid
The focus of health and safety in the school as a workplace is on the prevention of illnesses and injuries.
The OHS legislation sets out obligations for workplaces to assist them in ensuring the health and safety of employees and workplace visitors including students.
These obligations include risk management and consultation.
Where an injury or illness does occur, first aid facilities that are adequate for the immediate treatment of injuries and illnesses that may arise in a school, are provided.
Providing first aid
The requirements for the provision of first aid are set out in the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 (The Act) and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001 (The Regulation).
All Department of Education and Training staff in schools share a special duty of care to provide a secure and safe environment.
In particular in an emergency, all staff have a duty of care to provide assistance if a person requires immediate attention and no staff member trained in first aid is available.
Staff are to use common sense which dictates that in an emergency, while they should not act beyond their capabilities and qualifications, they are expected to do what they can to prevent the condition worsening while awaiting medical services.
Schools are required to have a member of staff who is the holder of a current first aid certificate issued after successful completion of a WorkCover approved first aid course.
A first aid allowance is paid to school administrative support staff undertaking this role as per the Crown Employees (School administrative and support staff) Award.