First Aid in the Workplace: OHS Employee Obligations

June 4, 2015


But OHS doesn't stop with your Employer. As a Worker youalso have certain obligations under the OHS Act (Vic. 2004.


"Division 4—Duties of employees


25. Duties of employees


(1) While at work, an employee must—


     (a) take reasonable care for his or her own health and safety; and

     (b) take reasonable care for the health and safety of persons who may be affected by the

          employee's acts or omissions at a workplace;


     (c) co-operate with his or her employer with respect to any action taken by the employer

         to comply with a requirement imposed by or under this Act or the regulations.


                    Penalty: 1800 penalty units.


(2) While at work, an employee must not intentionally or recklessly interfere with or misuse

         anything provided at the workplace in the interests of health, safety or welfare.


                    Penalty: 1800 penalty units.


(3) In determining for the purposes of sub-section


(1)(a) or (b) whether an employee failed to take reasonable care, regard must be had to what the

         employee knew about the relevant circumstances.


(4) An offence against sub-section (1) or (2) is an indictable offence.


Note: However, the offence may be heard and determined summarily (see section 53 of, and Schedule 4 to, the Magistrates' Court Act 1989)".


How this applies to you as an Employee is relatively simple.


Employees are expected to follow all instruction given them to ensure safe operation. You have an obligation to keep your eyes out for any hazards or risks to inform your immediate Manager as quickly as possible.


You are expected to wear any PPE (Personal Protective Equipment - goggles, gloves etc) give you and to immediately inform your direct Manager should you require equipment.


If you have First Aid certification and one of your colleagues requires First Aid, you are expected to provide First Aid care within your level of skill and qualification only, until the Workplace First Aid Officer or someone with a higher level of skill or qualification (such as Nurse or Paramedic), arrives on the scene.


We can help you obtain First Aid certification. We offer courses in CPR (HLTAID001 Provide Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation), Provide First Aid (HLTAID003), Basic Emergency Life Support (HLTAID002) and Asthma and Anaphylaxis management (22282VIC/22099VIC).


Check the website for special offers. Courses start from as little as $40 per person (CPR).


Richmond First Aid specialises in bringing First Aid training directly to the Workplace. If you have a group of 4 or more staff, we'll save you having to send everyone offsite by conducting training in your Workplace. This allows us to respond to specific worksite concerns and we can prepare scenarios which are relevant to your operations. Enquire Now.

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