A2. Requirements for first aid rooms

A first aid room at a place of work must:

  • be readily available when workers are at work;
  • be positioned close to motor vehicle access - this will assist with transporting injured or ill workers to medical assistance;
  • have close access to toilets and a telephone;
  • have suitable seating provided close to the first aid room if workers have to wait for treatment;
  • be large enough to accommodate furniture and equipment, with sufficient space for people to work;
  • have an impervious floor covering and be effectively ventilated, heated or cooled and illuminated;
  • have a designated waste receptacle for waste that is contaminated by blood or body substances and which allows for the safe disposal of refuse, contaminated materials and sharp instruments;
  • waste disposal should comply with state or local government requirements;
  • be kept clean - floors, bench tops and other surfaces should be easy to clean and be regularly cleaned with warm water and detergent;
  • have a hand basin, running water and adequate supplies of hand soap and disposable paper towels - cloth towels may be used but a fresh towel (or portion of towel if a roller towel is used) should be used each time; and
  • be clearly identified as a first aid room by a suitable sign, with a white cross on a green background complying with AS 1319 - 1994 Safety Signs for the Occupational Environment.

Entrances and corridors leading to and from the first aid room should be wide enough to permit transport of injured or ill persons supported by a stretcher, wheelchair and carrying chair, and other people.

A notice should be attached to the door of the first aid room showing clearly:

  • the name of the person in charge,
  • the name of the person on duty,
  • locations of the nearest first aid personnel, and
  • emergency after hours telephone numbers.

A first aid room may also be used as a rest room by workers who are unwell.

In fitting out the first aid room the following items and equipment should be considered:

  • examination couch with waterproof surface, pillow and blankets,
  • occupational first aid text/manual for reference purposes,
  • moveable screen or suspended curtain for privacy,
  • first aid kit for treatment of injured/ill workers,
  • examination lamp to assist in treatment,
  • storage cupboards,
  • stretcher,
  • lockable storage cabinet if files are stored there,
  • telephone for emergency communication purposes,
  • refuse container/s lined with plastic bags for infection control and disposal purposes,
  • workbench or dressing trolley,
  • sink with hot and cold water, and
  • oxygen equipment for use in high risk workplaces where hazardous substances, particularly cyanide are used or stored - oxygen equipment should be the responsibility of a suitably qualified person and used only by staff trained in its use.

A First Aid Room may also contain additional first aid equipment and items relevant to the nature of work undertaken and taking into account any particular additional legal requirements. This may include resuscitation equipment. A First Aid Room must not contain equipment or items not used for First Aid or Workplace Health purposes.