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Health, Safety and Emergency Management

First Aid

Q. How do I nominate to become a first aid officer?
A. To appoint a First Aid Officer the following procedure should be followed;
  • The department/area having conducted a risk assessment identifies a need for one or more First Aiders in consultation with their managers.
  • Curtin Health, Safety and Emergency Management recommends that all workplaces have at least one First Aider, how this is arranged is up to individual areas. Some areas may choose to share the cost of the allowance for First Aiders between them to reduce the impact, especially where it is a very small department. There is no requirement that every department/area must have a First Aider, this is decision based on a risk assessment. Refer to the Health, Safety and Emergency Management webpage for a sample of the First Aid Risk Assessment to determine your need for a First Aider.
  • Individual staff member completes the required first aid course. (Refer to the HSEM website for current course requirements). All costs associated with the first aid training are the responsibility of the individual or area.
  • Once completed, download the First Aid Officer appointment form from the Emergency Management website.
  • Staff return the completed form signed by their manager to Emergency Management with a copy of their First Aid Training Certificate
  • Q. Do I receive an allowance for being a First Aid Officer?
    A. An allowance is paid to First Aid Officers in accordance with the Curtin University Enterprise Agreement 2012-2016 (clause32.2).  The allowance is only payable while the staff member is available to provide first aid services and retains a valid and current certificate of qualification. Once your Manager has sent a copy of your certificate and authorising you as the area First Aider through to HR, you should receive the allowance in your next pay.
    First Aid Officers are responsible for ensuring they renew their qualifications and re-submit a new form, with their new certificate, to Emergency Management one month prior to the expiry of their current qualification or their allowance will cease on expiry date.
    Payment of the allowance can be suspended by HR during extended periods of leave.
    Q. I am an official Curtin First Aider, but my name is not on the Curtin HSEM Webpage, why?
    A. Curtin HSEM use reports provided by HR to updated the First Aiders list on the Curtin HSEM webpage. This update is generally completed at the end of each month.
    Q. Is first aid training offered at Curtin and where can I find more information of First Aid Training?
    A. First aid courses are offered at Curtin. Emergency Management co-ordinates regular First Aid and refresher training courses for First Aid Officers, staff and students on campus.  Information on First Aid courses is available on the Health, Safety and Emergency Management website or in iPerform.
    Q. How often do I need to refresh my First Aid Training?
    A. The First Aid in the Workplace - Code of Practice 2012 states that refresher training in CPR should be undertaken annually and first aid qualifications should be renewed every three years.
    Q. Should I seek consent before administering First Aid?
    A. Before you start treating an injured person you should seek and received their consent to be treated. If the injured person is unconscious, or unable to give consent due to their injuries, you can assume consent and begin treatment.
  • You should not start treatment if an adult refuses your offer of treatment
  • Where an injured person declines treatment, the first aider should:
  • Ask the person at least twice whether they can provide first aid assistance to them.
  • Note their refusal to provide consent on the first aid treatment form for you records.
  • Q. What precautions should I take whilst administering first aid?
    A. In administering First Aid, care should be taken to ensure their own health and safety, safe work practices must be followed with regards to minimising exposure to blood or bodily fluids.
    These include:
  • Wash your hands with hot soapy water (or anti-bacterial gel) prior to and after administering first aid.
  • Wear disposable gloves and eye protection.
  • Cover any sores or open wounds they have with Band-Aids.
  • Locate and remove any sharps (syringes, glasses etc) and dispose of them in a safe manner.
  • Q. Am I allowed to administer medication to an injured person?
    A. The administration of medication or analgesics by a first aiders is prohibited.
  • First Aiders can assist an injured person self-administer medications where the medication is used to control or reduce the effects of a medical condition e.g. epi pens to reduce the effect of severe allergy.