Are we legally required to have a first aid officer within an office environment?
In addition to the general duty for a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of workers and others at the workplace under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) (Act), the Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (Cth) (Regulation) places specific obligations on PCBUs to:
- provide first aid equipment and make sure each worker has access to equipment;
- ensure access to facilities to administer first aid;
- ensure an adequate number of workers are trained to administer first aid at the workplace or that workers have access to an adequate number of people who are trained in first aid; and
- ensure workers are aware of information and know how to carry out first aid.
The NSW approved Code of Practice First Aid in the Workplace outlines the number of first aiders that low, high and remote high-risk workplaces should have. This includes one first aider for every 50 workers in low-risk workplaces, and one first aider for every 25 workers in high-risk workplaces. A low-risk workplace is one where workers are not exposed to hazards that could result in serious injury or illness, including office environments.