SA Local Government First Aid Education & Compliance Guide
First Aid Training Understanding your first aid requirements If you are not sure whether your council meets all requirements under the Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Act and Regulations - you are not alone. In fact, a 2017 survey on First Aid Readiness in South Australian local government found a number of existing gaps, ranging from lack of equipment, to not having any or enough nominated first aiders, to first aid training qualifications not matching the level of risk 1 , to name but a few examples. Minimum requirements depend on the risk rating and a number of inherent factors, making first aid compliance complex. This guide is designed to help you learn more about your responsibilities and how St John SA can help. Conquering Complexity
According to Safework Australia’s First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice, a first aid ready workplace needs to have...
... a sufficient number of accredited first aiders present Training solutions and how to access funded training
... fully stocked, up-to-date first aid resources & equipment Choose from our broad range of first aid products
... considered where defibrillators should be located AEDs suited to your workplace, vehicles and public spaces
1 LGA Workers Compensation Scheme (2017) First Aid Readiness in South Australian local government
Emerging issues The most common work cover claims are as a result of injuries occurring from body stressing, falls, trips and slips, which can happen in any workplace. 2 While the rate of serious claims for work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities has dropped since the early 2000s, the related costs have increased significantly. The percentage of costs borne by employers has also risen 2 – yet another reason to make workplaces safer.
... first aid procedures and drills in place St John SA can assist you with a range of on-site services
The Safework Australia First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice (2018) provides practical guidance to achieve compliance with the WHS Act and Regulations. St John SA refers to this Code when assessing workplaces and making recommendations specific to your situation.
The LGA Workers Compensation Scheme recognises the importance of being First Aid Ready and have made funding available to Members for first aid training. Contact St John SA for more information. Access FUNDED St John first aid training
2 Safe Work Australia (2018) Key WHS statistics Australia 2018
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Use this guide to find out more about first aid training requirements and how you can access funding for St John training courses. Whether it be training, resources, equipment, procedures or drills, we can assist with everything around first aid compliance.
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SOLUTIONS Funded under LGAWCS
Overview Like any workplace, councils need to have minimum numbers of qualified first aiders as stipulated by the SafeWork Australia First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice. Depending on their role in the council and the nature of their workplace, staff may need to complete specialised training. St John offers courses specifically suited to the council work environment, including Remote Area First Aid. All courses are available on-site for groups or as individual bookings. First Aid Training
Max. participants 18
Provide CPR Provide First Aid HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation HLTAID003 Provide first aid
Remote Area First Aid HLTAID003 Provide first aid Advanced First Aid HLTAID006 Provide advanced first aid Occupational First Aid HLTAID008 Manage first aid services and resources Low Voltage Rescue PFA in an ESI Environment UETTDRRF10B Provide first aid in an ESI environment HLTAID005 Provide first aid in remote situations HLTAID007 Provide advanced resuscitation UETTDRRF06B Perform rescue from a live LV panel
Untreated mental health conditions cost Australian workplaces approximately $10.9 billion per year. 3 This staggering figure highlights the prevalence of mental health conditions in society and the need to provide adequate support in the workplace. For every $1 that is invested in creating a mentally healthy workplace, there is a $2.30 positive Return on Investment (ROI). 4
Funding may also be obtained for these courses
3 TNS (2014), State of Workplace Mental Health in Australia.
If your staff numbers exceed the capacity of one course, please contact St John SA to request additional funding. Refer to FAQ on fold-out for more details.
4 PwC (2014), Creating a mentally healthy workplace: return on investment analysis.
Some courses may contain more than one unit of competency. Please refer to stjohnsa.com.au/training for full course details.
St John SA delivers nationally recognised training in partnership with St John Ambulance Australia Ltd (RTO 88041).
What you need to know...
This course imparts invaluable knowledge and skills that are beneficial to anyone, in work and private life, but particularly important for those in management or supervisory positions. Our 2-day Mental Health First Aid course enables participants to identify symptoms of mental disorders and learn strategies to support someone developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aid Refresher course option now available!
WHS / HR
Provide First Aid 1 or 2 day course
Remote Area First Aid
Advanced First Aid
Occupational First Aid
This course is externally accredited through Mental Health First Aid Australia.
Low Voltage Rescue
PFA in an ESI Environment
FUNDED TRAINING THROUGH LGAWCS
Mental Health First Aid
Funded courses under the LGAWCS: 1 x St John Provide First Aid (1-day) OR 1 x St John Provide CPR (3-hour) and certain specialised courses upon application.
Recommended to be refreshed every 12 months
Recommended to be refreshed every 36 months
Mandatory to be refreshed every 12 months for electrical trade workers
First Aid Training Overview P oducts Along with first aid training, SA councils must meet SafeWork Australia’s minimum requirements for first aid equipment. In addition to workers, councils should also consider volunteers, contractors, subcontractors and visitors to the council premises. The type of first aid kits and additional modules required will depend upon work type and whether council staff work indoors, outdoors or in regional and remote areas. Access to defibrillators is increasing throughout Australia, to the benefit of those who suffer an out of hospital sudden cardiac arrest. In South Australia alone, this affects an average of 5 people per day 5 ; and only 1 in 10 currently survive. 6 Without a defibrillator, chances of survival decrease by 10% for every minute that passes 7 , which is why having an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) available is critical. 5 SA Ambulance Service 2018, Restart a Heart Day, retrieved from http://www.saambulance.com.au/NewsPublications/RestartaHeartDay.aspx 6 Council of Ambulance Authorities 2017, Restart a Heart Day, retrieved from http://restartaheart.net/ 7 American Heart Association 2000, ECC Guidelines Part 4: The Automated External Defibrillator. Emerging issues
First Aid Kits • First aid kits for all office and outdoor environments • Various sizes and applications, including wallmounts • Durable design including soft and hard cases • Fully customised options available • NEW waterproof kits
First Aid Supplies • All first aid kit items can be purchased separately • Various items also available in bulk • Sunscreen lotion, itch relief and antiseptic lotion • First aid signage • Specialist items available upon request
Automated External Defibrillators • Semi and fully automated options available • Adult and child suitable models • Safe and easy to use with audible prompts
Find out more on pages 8 and 9
Complement your standard first aid kits with modules suited to the individual workplace:
What you need to have...
Burns Module: activities that may cause burns, e.g. cooking facilities, workshops and chemical handling NEW Snake Bite Module: important for those working outdoors or in remote areas Sprains & Strains Module: perfect for physical activities, e.g. in recreation centres
Must-haves: Standard workplace kits • Office • Canteen • Fleet vehicles • Outdoor work areas • Works depots • Community centres Minimum number of first aid kits required, by Workplace Risk Rating • Low risk: 1 in 50 people • High risk: 1 in 25 people • Remote: 1 in 10 people
Recommended: Additional kits • Private vehicles for work purposes • Other high risk areas (identified through a workplace first aid assessment)
...and many more modules!
email: firstname.lastname@example.org Every worker must have access to first aid equipment at all times
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Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, at anytime, anywhere 9 SOLUTIONS Automated External Defibrillators are safe and easy to use by any person, with or without training. St John SA has a broad range of models, and we can advise you on which model works best for your needs.
Why every council should have public access AEDs Increase chances of survival from sudden cardiac arrest in the community • 5 out of hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur in South Australia per day 5 • Less than 10% survive 8 • Defibrillation within the first few minutes increases chances of survival to as much as 70% 9 Safe and easy to use by any person • Fully automated models available • Voice prompts assist through CPR and defibrillation • Unit analyses the patient’s heart rhythm and only applies a shock when required • Self-checking units for minimal maintenance SA Police Chief Inspector, Alex Zimmerman, was working at the 2018 Royal Adelaide Show when the unthinkable happened. Alex began to experience severe chest pain and other classic heart attack symptoms. Quick thinking from his colleagues got him to the St John medical centre where it was confirmed he was having a heart attack and later, a cardiac arrest. He was saved by St John volunteers who used an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Not everyone is as lucky to be around trained and equipped St John volunteers when this sort of event happens. This is why public access defibrillators are a must in public spaces. Overview Sudden cardiac arrest can affect people of all ages. The only definitive treatment is a defibrillator shock, which gives the heart a chance to restore a normal rhythm. For every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, chances of survival decrease by 10%. 7 Therefore, having a defibrillator on-site makes a real difference in the crucial time until the ambulance arrives. A life saved
The following model is recommended by St John for council environments.
Speedy and smart: LIFEPAK CR2 Ideal public access defibrillator, or for vehicles, workplaces and offices • Fastest time to first shock • Easy child mode toggle switch (no separate accessories needed) • Provides clear voice prompts and CPR guidance • WI-FI features • IP (International Protection) Rating: 55
• 8-year warranty • Universal pads • Safe and easy to use by any person • Fully or semi-automated
8 Beck et al, 2018, Regional variation in the characteristics, incidence and outcomes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Australia and New Zealand: Results from the Aus-ROC Epistry. Resuscitation. Vol 126, pp 49-57. 9 Perkins etc al, 2015, European Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Resuscitation 2015, Sec 2, Adult basic life support and automated external defibrillation. Resuscitation. Vol 95, pp. 81-99.
FREE Workplace First Aid Assessments Our dedicated St John First Aid Advisors come to your council and assess the first aid risk for each workplace, establish the minimum requirements in terms of numbers of first aiders and the qualifications needed, as well as the minimum numbers of first aid kits and additional modules and where they should be located. 11 SOLUTIONS We can also review your first aid procedures, or assist in developing them to meet the requirements of all your work sites. Moreover, we can give you advice on recommended actions beyond minimum requirements, achieving the best practice standard for your workplace. Restocking Services We examine your stock levels and integrity of contents, check expiry dates and restock accordingly to meet WHS regulations. We also include an inventory list and affix an audit date label, as required by SafeWork Australia’s First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice. First Aid Drills Regular first aid drills keep you and your team response-ready in between first aid courses. A St John trainer can visit your council and run first aid scenarios with your staff and volunteers. Our first aid drills are fully customisable and can be scheduled throughout the year. Customised Information Sessions Learn about topics relevant to your council area’s specific circumstances, such as common medical conditions including diabetes, asthma or anaphylaxis. We can also visit your council to provide non-accredited community first aid education sessions, for example CPR or AED demonstrations. For very remote areas, we can provide you with free resources to distribute, such as first aid fact sheets. We will provide you with an obligation-free comprehensive report.
First Aid Training Overview Our comprehensive range of services can be delivered on- site, so there is no need for you or your team to travel across town or the state. All training courses are available on-site, but there is more: whether it be first aid compliance, first aid restocking services or support in providing first aid at council events, you can get all of your first aid needs covered in one place with St John SA. With first aid drills and procedures playing a crucial part in the First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice, we can also assist you in this regard to help you meet WHS legislation. Emerging issues A 2017 survey on First Aid Readiness in South Australian local government found over 75% of workplaces had not had a first aid risk assessment conducted within the last 12 months, despite legislation requiring organisations to conduct a thorough risk assessment for each site to determine the level of risk, how to control them, and review for effectiveness every 12 months. 1 St John SA can help with free workplace first aid assessments, as well as restocking services, advice or drills and procedures. On-Site Se vices
1 LGA Workers Compensation Scheme (2017) First Aid Readiness in South Australian local government
What you need to know... Common questions in workplaces include: • How do I assess first aid risks in my workplace? • How many accredited first aiders do I need? • What first aid training do I need to do? • Which resources and equipment do I need? • What about first aid procedures and drills? • Do I need to have a defibrillator? • How often do I need to do a risk assessment? St John SA can help answer these and any additional questions in a FREE, no obligation workplace first aid assessment. For very remote areas we also offer over the phone support for these services (call 1300 78 5646).
Event Health Services Book St John for your council events – from concerts and festivals to Christmas pageants and local fairs, our Event Health Services team will look after the health and wellbeing of your staff and visitors.
WORKPLACE ASSESSMENT FREE WORKPLACE FIRST AID ASSESSMENT
We offer on-site workplace assessments free of charge to all SA councils. St John will provide you with an obligation- free comprehensive report.
First Aid Readiness FAQ for courses funded through the LGAWorkers Compensation Scheme Which courses are funded and what do I need to do to access my funding? Each member is eligible for one on-site Provide First Aid course. However, additional or specialised courses are also available upon application to the LGAWorkers Compensation Scheme directly. St John SA can assist you with the application. To schedule your preferred/allocated course, contact St John SA on 1300 78 5646 or email@example.com. Howmuch is the course? There will be NO EXPENSE incurred by council for scheduling their allocated first aid course - it will be fully funded by the LGAWorkers Compensation Scheme. Can I send some participants to a St John facility and have others trained on-site? Yes, participants can attend either a public course at a venue hosted by St John, and/or an on-site course. Depending on the number of employees requiring first aid training, and the levels of qualification needing to be obtained, attending a public course may be more convenient. Howmany people can attend the class? Each course allows up to amaximum of 18 participants in order to provide for the optimum learning experience. However, the number of participants recommended for specialist courses may vary, as does the duration. Please refer to page 5 of this guide for further details. What do we need to prepare at our venue? As a guideline, venues will require the following: 8mx8m floor space, carpeted flooring, (up to) 18 chairs, 2 desks for equipment, access to power, projector screen (or large plain white/creamwall) and whiteboards. What information do I need to provide and when? Prior to the training: • St John SAwill provide council with a Participant Information booking form • This information will be used by St John SA to create a ‘My St John’ profile for each attendee Prior to receiving the certificate: • Participants will receive a notification from St John SA to update their new profile and register their USI (Unique Student Identifier) number. Once completed, this will allow attendees to access their first aid certificates online at any time
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Have you considered Mental Health First Aid? The South Australian Government has issued a list of pre-qualified providers of Mental Health First Aid Training in the South Australian Public Sector. St John SA is a pre-qualified provider and offers a 2-day Mental Health First Aid Course and a 4.5-hour refresher course, both fully accredited through Mental Health First Aid Australia.
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