First aid is the emergency care of injured or sick persons. It aims to:
St Augustine's School is required by the Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 1995 to have first aid equipment or facilities readily available for use. St Augustine's School has a moral obligation to provide effective emergency management to injured or ill employees, students and others, such as volunteers. In the school setting, first aid is not necessarily restricted to one-off treatments following and accident or injury. It may also include follow-up care of minor matters which do not normally require medical care (eg. scratches, cuts, burns and splinters).
First aid means the provision of first aid facilities, services and personnel required for the initial treatment of persons suffering injury or illness at a workplace.
First aid facilities means first aid kits, first aid room or area and first aid equipment.
First aid personnel means:
All members of the St Augustine's School staff. All staff are required to hold a current Senior First Aid qualification. A first aid personnel register containing the names of all first aid personnel, the title of their first aid qualification and the date of expiry of the qualification is kept at the school.
At St Augustine's School we acknowledge the following regulations as they pertain to First Aid and update and act on them as necessary.
Number of first aid kits required
The school has six first aid kits on the premises, one is always kept in the first aid area. The other five are portable first aid kits, which are kept for excursions.
Contents of first aid kits
The contents of first aid kits should be appropriate for the types of injuries likely to occur in the school or non-school workplace. The suggested contents for the first aid kit at a school and non-school workplace are listed in Appendix 2.
Suggested additional contents of a first aid kit for remote excursion destinations are listed in Appendix 3.
A nominated School Officer ensures that:
A list of contact telephone numbers for the nearest ambulance service, the Poisons Information Centre, local medical practitioner and nearest hospital are kept with the first aid kit.
A checklist to assess the appropriateness of our first aid kits is found in Appendix 4.
First aid room or area
The school has a designated area for a sick bay, and for a first aid room. It is clearly identified as a first aid room and is not to be used for any other purpose.
Contents and equipment in first aid room or area
Suggested contents for first aid rooms and areas are listed in Appendix 5.
Providing first aid information to staff and students
At the commencement of each school year, the Principal will instruct all employees, volunteers and students in the procedures to be followed when first aid is required.
At other appropriate times during the year, information pertaining to first aid will be distributed through other avenues of communication including lessons, newsletters, notice boards and school handbooks.
Disposing of first aid waste
The principal arranges for the daily safe disposal of waste from the sick bay and first aid room.
Gloves must be worn when handling waste that has been contaminated with body substances (eg. bandages, bloodstained items). All waste that has been contaminated with body substances should be considered a potential source of infection. Contaminated waste should be placed in a plastic bag that is clearly identified as BIO-HAZARD and disposed of in the general waste.
Each year parents are asked to complete and sign consent forms that contain the following statement: "In the event of illness or injury to my child and I can not be contacted, I agree that the school may proceed to obtain adequate medical treatment for my child, and that all expenses for such shall be my responsibility."
Suggested Contents of a School First Aid Kit
Preference is for all items to be disposable where possible.
The bracketed numbers are for guidance only and do not represent minimum requirements. The actual quantity of particular items and contents of the kit should be determined by the assessment described in Section 3.1.
Suggested Additional Contents of a First Aid Kit for Excursions to a Remote Location
Checklist for First Aid Kits
The purpose of this checklist is to check the appropriateness of first aid kits. Indicate by circling either "Yes/No". Where the answer to the questions is "No", further action may be necessary to address the deficiency.
Suggested Contents of a First Aid Room or Area