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First Aid

Providing immediate and effective first aid to staff, students or others who have been injured or become ill at the University may reduce the severity of the injury or illness. In some cases, it could mean the difference between life and death.

Organisational Units are responsible for providing first aid facilities and having trained First Aid Officers available to assist anyone who suffers an injury or illness in the workplace.

This also extends to providing first aid coverage to those undertaking remote or isolated work where it may not be easy to access emergency medical facilities.

The following information supports Organisational Units to manage first aid in the workplace:

Further information about the University's Emergency Procedures can be found on the Infrastructure Services Divsion website here

First aid requirements vary from one University workplace to the next, depending on the nature of the work, the type of hazards, the workplace size and location, as well as the number of people at the workplace. These factors must be considered when deciding what first aid arrangements need to be provided.

Each Organisational Unit should also consider others at the workplace who are not workers, including students and members of the public. A first aid risk assessment should be completed and review annually. This is part of the Organisational Unit Emergency Preparedness Review - Management tasks in the Safety and Wellbeing Cyclic Events Calendar (DOCX 78.9 KB).

The First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice provides information to identify the number of first aid kits, their contents and the number of trained first aiders required in your workplace

Organisational Unit makes their own arrangements for the provision of first aid training. It is recommended that staff are trained to HLTAID003 Provide First Aid at a minimum.  

A higher level or additional training may be required to ensure your First Aid Officers have appropriate skills for the risks you have identified in your workplace. For example, additional training may be required where:

  • work is remote or isolated
  • there are risks from dangerous substances such as Hydrofluoric Acid or cyanide
  • specialist first aid equipment or first aid room is installed in the workplace
  • children are present in the workplace
  • you have identified psychological risks, or
  • workers have existing medical conditions which may require first aid.

Where workers or others at the workplace have known existing medical conditions, First Aid Officers should be trained to respond to these conditions if the topic has not been covered in previous first aid training.

Two well-known First Aid Providers include:

Duties of a Designated First Aid Officer

The duties of Designated First Aid Officers include:

  • Administering first aid on campus when a situation arises where first aid is necessary.
  • Ensuring that the workplace has been provided with adequate first aid resources and to ensure that first aid can be provided for the hazards that are apparent within that workplace.
  • Maintaining first aid equipment in a satisfactory and usable condition.

The tasks of a Designated First Aid Officer include:

Appoint a new Designated First Aid Officer

To appoint a new Designated First Aid Officer, complete this form and send to the People and Wellbeing Team through ServiceNow:

A Designated First Aid Officer is entitled to receive training at no charge to them during normal working hours.  The cost of training is an Organisational Unit expense.

Employees who are appointed as Designated First Aid Officers in accordance with University policy shall be paid an allowance as outlined in the Staff Agreement.

There may be other staff trained and current in First Aid who support the designated first aid Officer in administering first aid.  It is up to the Organisational Unit to decide if they get paid the allowance.

Current list of Designated First Aid Officers as at 1 March 2020:

Designated First Aid Officer Organisational Unit Location Begin Date End Date
Mr Brendan Theodore Advancement Office Newnham 27/09/2019 29/09/2020
Ms Danielle Stokes AMC Governance Office Newnham  08/11/2018 08/11/2022
Mr Andrew Grosse Chemistry Sandy Bay Campus 5/11/2018 22/10/2021
Mr Graham Meredith Chemistry Sandy Bay Campus 5/11/2018 22/10/2021
Mrs Liisa Trimble Chemistry Newnham Campus 26/02/2019 26/02/2021
Mr Brendon Schollum Chemistry Sandy Bay Campus 5/11/2018 22/10/2021
Mr Richard Barker College Office - CALE Newnham 08/03/2019 04/03/2020
Dr Laura Quittenden College Office - College Health and Medicine Level 3  (Clinic) Medical Science Precinct 25/08/2016 25/08/2020
Dr David Steele College Office - College Health and Medicine Level 5 Medical Science Precinct 19/08/2017 29/08/2020
Ms Katherine Halliday College Office - Business and Economics Sandy Bay Campus 23/05/2019 23/05/2022
Ms Nicky Bawle College Office - Business and Economics Sandy Bay Campus  23/05/2019 23/05/2022
Ms Sarah George College Office - Business and Economics Macquarie House, Civic Square, Launceston 09/10/2019 21/03/2021
Mr Carl Bennett College Office - Science and Engineering Sandy Bay Campus 20/05/2019 20/05/2022
Ms Julia Tate College Office - Science and Engineering Sandy Bay Campus 07/06/2019 07/06/2022
Mrs Joanna Gair Cradle Coast Campus Makers Workshop 02/10/2017 04/09/2020
Miss Isabella von Lichtan Earth Sciences Geology-Geography Bldg, Room 112, Sandy Bay Campus 15/06/2016 30/05/2019
Dr Dugald Tinch Economics and Finance Sandy Bay Campus 13/05/2019 05/07/2020
AsPr Darla Hatton MacDonald Economics and Finance Sandy Bay Campus 16/05/2019 05/07/2020
Mr Vladimir Volkov Economics and Finance Sandy Bay Campus 23/05/2019 23/05/2022
Mr Robert Youngs English Language Centre Newnham Campus 27/06/2018 26/06/2021
Ms Jennifer Birch Financial Services Lvl 3, Corporate Services Bldg, Sandy Bay 01/01/2020 31/12/2020
Mr Craig Thomas Fisheries and Aquaculture Taroona Campus 03/05/2018 03/05/2021
Mr Robert Anders Geography and Spatial Sciences Sandy Bay Campus 15/04/2019 15/04/2022
Mr Fergal Fleming Global Engagement Sandy Bay Campus 13/06/2018 12/06/2021
Mr Jonathan Bugg Global Engagement Lvl 2, Old Medical Sciences, Sandy Bay Campus 17/10/2019 23/09/2022
Mrs Amanda Fenlon Graduate Research Sandy Bay Campus 9/01/2020 09/01/2023
Ms Imelda Chandra Graduate Research Sandy Bay Campus 13/01/2020 30/09/2020
Ms Sonia Jessup Graduate Research Sandy Bay Campus 28/10/2019 28/10/2022
Mrs Judith Freeman  Health Sciences Domain Campus 06/04/2018 27/03/2020
Mrs Olivia Carr Health Sciences Newnham Campus 01/01/2019 31/12/2019
Miss Emily Collins Health Sciences Newnham Campus 04/07/2019 18/04/2021
Mr Ivan Kan Health Sciences Rozelle Campus - Sydney 14/03/2018 14/03/2020
Mrs Chloe Harrison Health Sciences Domain Campus 29/8/2018 14/8/2021
Miss Therese Toohey Health Sciences Rozelle Campus - Sydney 27/11/2019 26/11/2022
Asoc Prof Lisa FletcherHumanities - School ofHumanities Bdg, Sandy Bay Campus04/02/202004/02/2023
Ms Lara Wilks FordHumanities - School of Humanities Bldg, Sandy Bay Campus 16/01/202016/09/2021
Dr Melanie Leef IMAS Directorate Science Bldg, Level 2 Newnham Campus 05/04/2018 27/10/2020
Ms Gail Eagle IMAS Directorate Taroona Campus 31/5/2017 31/5/2020
Dr Toby Bolton IMAS Directorate Salamanca Waterfront 25/10/2017 27/09/2020
Ms Elizabeth Eyre IMAS Directorate Salamanca Waterfront 10/12/2019 25/11/2020
Mr Laurent Besnard IMOS Salamanca Waterfront 01/07/2019 07/11/2019
Dr Marton Hidas IMOS Salamanca Waterfront 01/07/2019 12/10/2020
Mr Darren Johnston IT Services Newnham Campus 12/11/2019 12/11/2022
Ms Sarah Reutas IT Services Sandy Bay Campus 05/06/2019 05/06/2021
Mr Terry Bigwood IT Services (Shared Services) Sandy Bay Campus 02/08/2017 02/08/2020
Ms Ann Hegarty Law Room 2.04 Faculty of Law Bldg - Sandy Bay Campus 25/10/2017 25/10/2020
Mrs Rachel Adams Library Morris Miller Library 26/12/2018 25/12/2021
AsPr Andrew Cole Physics Sandy Bay Campus 14/08/2019 13/08/2022
Prof Andrew Bassom Mathematics   04/09/2019 04/09/2022
Dr Danijela Ivkovic Mathematics   05/09/2019 04/09/2022
Mr Guifre Molera Calves Physics Sandy Bay Campus 08/08/2019 07/08/2022
Mr Brett Reid Physics Mathematics and Physics Sandy Bay Campus 31/07/2017 31/07/2020
Dr Cesar Tovar LopezMedicine 05/09/201908/09/2021
Mrs Debbie Orchard Medicine Medical Science Precinct 28/11/2017 27/11/2020
Dr Julie Harris Medicine Medical Science Precinct 28/11/2017 27/11/2020
Ms Jennifer Smith Medicine Medical Science Precinct 6/02/2018 31/12/2020
Ms Jessica Phillips Medicine   05/09/2019 04/09/2021
Miss Khadija Randall-Dannawi Medicine Medical Science Precinct 27/03/2019 27/03/2022
Mr Timothy Albion Menzies Institute for Medical Research Medical Science Precinct 1/07/2017 30/06/2020
Mrs Chantal Woodhams Menzies Inst for Medical Research Medical Science Precinct 01/10/2018 06/09/2020
Mr Gregory Murphy Office of School Creative Arts Inveresk Campus 08/10/2017 25/09/2020
Mrs Deborah Macklin  Physical Sciences Sandy Bay Campus 01/06/2019 08/05/2022
Mr Simon Schorn Office of University College Newnham Campus 21/03/2018 19/07/2020
Mr Mark Thompson Office of University College Newham 20/07/2018 29/05/2021
Mrs Maria Eaton Office Sch of Tech, Env & Design Sandy Bay Campus 23/05/2019 23/05/2022
Dr Crystal Meehan Psychology Sandy Bay Campus 20/7/2018 19/7/2021
Dr Mark Hinder Psychology Sandy Bay Campus 14/08/2017 13/08/2020
Ms Adele Kay Research Sandy Bay Campus 13/05/2019 16/04/2022
Mr Ricky Maynard Riawunna Newnham Campus/ Field 20/12/2018 20/12/2021
Ms Jade McKay Social Sciences Sandy Bay Campus 01/01/2020 22/10/2020
Mrs Melinda Tarvydas Student Experience PASS (underground) Morris Miller Library, Sandy Bay Campus 15/06/2017 14/06/2020
Ms Sue Jopling Student Experience Level 1, Morris Miller Library 27/08/2018 22/06/2021
Ms Amy Lugten Student Operations Sandy Bay Campus 06/11/2019 06/11/2022
Miss Casey Gillam Student Retention & Success   30/04/2019 30/04/2022
Ms Kate Lucas Student Retention & Success Sandy Bay Campus 09/04/2019 29/03/2022
Miss Amy Dunham Student Services   30/04/2019 30/04/2022
Miss Debra Ploughman Student Services Morris Miller Library (UCC )Lvl 2 Sandy Bay Campus 17/10/2018 16/10/2021
Mrs Nola Simpson Student Services Morris Miller Library Lvl 1 Sandy Bay Campus 29/03/2017 28/03/2020
Mr Steven Boon TIA Research Institute Cradle Coast Campus 01/07/2017 30/06/2020
Mrs Annabel Wilson TIA Research Institute New Town Research Laboratories, Hobart 31/03/2017 3/10/2020
Mr Bradley Millhouse TIA Research Institute Burnie - Dairy Centre Research Facility 24/07/2017 10/07/2020
Miss Karen Christie TIA Research Institute Burnie 11/07/2018 20/06/2021
Mr Ian Pickering TIA Research Institute   04/12/2019 21/01/2021
Dr Desmond Ayentimi  TSBE Centenary Bldg, Lvl 4, Sandy Bay Campus 23/05/2019 23/05/2022
Dr Rajesh Rajaguru TSBE Centenary Bldg, Lvl 4, Sandy Bay Campus 23/05/2019 23/05/2022
Dr Lin Yang TSBE Centenary Bldg, Lvl 3 Sandy Bay Campus 23/05/2019 23/05/2022
Joshua Eastgate Wicking Dementia Res Educ Ctr Medical Science Precinct - Wicking 25/06/2018 25/06/2021

First Aid Kits

The contents of a First Aid Kit is outlined in Appendix E – Example of contents for first aid kits in the First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice.

The Designation First Aid Officer is responsible for ensuring the workplace First Aid Kits are regularly checked and contents restocked.

The First Aid Kit Checklist below should be completed at the beginning of the new year as part of the Organisational Unit Emergency Preparedness Review:


Here is a useful signage template to advertise Emergency Building Contacts (including Designated First Aid Officers):

First Aid Record Keeping

All First Aid Officer should keep a record of first aid that they have provided using this register which can be kept with the First Aid Kit.  First aid treatment records are subject to requirements under Health Records legislation. Further information is available from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

If First Aid is provided to someone, this incident must be recorded in the MySAFETY and assigned to the injured person’s Manager or Supervisor, particularly in the event the injury becomes more serious.

First Aid App

As a First Aid Officer, you never know when and where you will be called upon to first aid.

Consider downloading this free APP from the Australian Red Cross website, handy to refresh your memory between training and when called upon to provide first aid.

Further information here:

The location of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) is shown on campus maps for the North and South via the following links;

How to use an AED:

Information about how AED operate is included in First Aid training. The Laerdal website also provides a short video demonstration.

The Safety and Wellbeing Unit have a loan DVD and training AED unit available. Please contact the Safety and Wellbeing Unit if you would like to borrow it for your workgroup.

Hire a portable AED

An AED is available for hire from Campus Services. The AED can be hired for one week at a cost of $30 and up to a maximum of 3 weeks for $50.  For more information and to hire the AED please download and complete the Equipment Loan Agreement (PDF 160.9 KB) and forward to Campus Services, Private Bag 35, Hobart, Tasmania 7001.

Infection Control

When providing first aid to an injured or ill person, first aiders could encounter blood or body substances. These can transfer infections to the first aider or other people they treat.

Standard precautions are work practices applied to all patients and their blood and body substances, regardless of their infectious status, to ensure a basic level of infection prevention and control.

Standard precautions include:

  • good hand hygiene with soap and water
  • use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • handling and disposal of sharps and waste
  • cleaning techniques
  • managing spills of blood and body substances

First Aid Officers should wash their hands with soap and water or apply alcohol-based hand rub before and after administering first aid. They should also wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including disposable gloves, to prevent contact with blood and body substances.

First Aid Officers should be aware of what to do if they have accidental contact with blood or body substances, a sharps injury or contact with a person known to have a contagious illness.  Any part of the body that encounters blood or body substances should be washed with soap and water immediately.  Prompt medical advice should be obtained, and an incident report lodged in MySAFETY.

Where there is a risk of disease, First Aid Officers should be offered vaccinations in line with the Department of Health Australian Immunisation Handbook.  Further information can be found in the Infection Control Procedure (PDF 187.3 KB).

Contaminated Items

Items soiled with blood or body substances should be placed in plastic bags and tied securely. Waste disposal must comply with state or local government requirements.  Follow the Safe Disposal of Sharps Factsheet (PDF 108.8 KB) for sharps including needles, syringes and disposable probes.

If a First Aid Officer sustains a sharps injury or thinks they are at risk of infection from blood or body substances, they should seek prompt medical advice and lodge an incident report in MySAFETY.

Cleaning Spills

Cleaning should start as soon as possible after an incident involving blood or body substances.

Campus Services should be contacted to arrange specialised cleaning service to clean the area affected.

Cleaners should wear disposable gloves when cleaning spills and if splashes of blood or body substances may occur, extra protective equipment like eye protection, plastic aprons and masks should be worn.

Surfaces contaminated with blood or body substances should be wiped with paper towelling and cleaned with warm soapy water.

It is generally unnecessary to use sodium hypochlorite (chlorine bleach) for managing spills but it may be used in specific circumstances, for example if the surface is hard to clean.