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First Aid

New – COVID-Safe Administering First Aid

06 October 2020 Guide now available (PDF 155.5 KB)

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 Division website.

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 September 2021

Division/CollegeDivision/ College Designated First Aid OfficerLocation End Date
Vice Chancellors Division
 Advancement Office Brendan TheodoreNewnham18/03/2022
  VC OfficeNicky Bawle LVL 3, Admin Bldg, Sandy Bay Campus  23/05/2022
Chief Operating Officer Division
  IT Services Darren Johnston Newnham Campus 12/11/2022
 College Services Danielle StokesSandy Bay Campus 08/11/2022
 College Services Simon  Schorn 23/08/22
 College Services Cristian  Furnes 02/02/2024
Division of the Provost
Academic Division Library Rachel Adams Morris Miller Library, Room 168 Sandy Bay Campus 25/12/2021
  Student Enquiries and Communication  Casey Gillam MidCity, Hobart  City Campus 30/04/2022
 Student Academic SuccessMelinda TarvydasMorris Miller Library, Underground Sandy Bay Campus13/01/2023
  Student Enquiries and Communication Amy Dunham MidCity
Hobart City Campus
 Student Enquiries and Communication Nola SimpsonMorris Miller Library, Level 1 Sandy Bay Campus07/02/2023
  Student Systems and Administration Amy Lugten Sandy Bay Campus (on leave till Nov 2021) 06/11/2022
 Student Systems and Administration Miriam RoserRoom B1909, Newnham Campus24/05/2024
Future Students     
  Joanne Merrifield 08/02/2024
Research Graduate Research Sonia Jessup 301 Sandy Bay Road, LVl 2, Sandy Bay Campus 28/10/2022
 Graduate  Research Amanda Fenlon 301 Sandy Bay  Road09/01/2023
 Graduate ResearchImelda Chandra301 Sandy Bay Road, LVl 2, Sandy Bay Campus31/12/2021
  Research Adele Kay 301 Sandy Bay Road, LVl 1, Sandy Bay Campus 16/04/2022
  Denbeigh ArmstrongLvl 4, TUSA Bldg, Sandy Bay Campus 07/05/2022
  Chloe Bibari301 Sandy Bay Road, LVl 2, Sandy Bay Campus29/06/2022
 Strategic  Research Funding Edward Benyon301 Sandy Bay Road, LVl 3, Sandy Bay Campus29/06/2024
 Strategic Research Funding Mandy Arkinstall 301 Sandy Bay Road, LVl 2, Sandy Bay Campus29/06/2022
College of Arts, Law and Education ARTsGregory MurphyInveresk14/02/2023
 Humanities - School ofLisa FletcherEnglish, Humanities Bdg, Sandy Bay Campus04/02/2023
 Humanities - Office of Lara Wilks Ford Humanities Bldg, Sandy Bay Campus 16/09/2021
College of Sciences and  EngineeringAnimal Services Susan BucherCambridge03/09/2022
  Chemistry Brendon Schollum Sandy Bay Campus 22/10/2021
 ChemistryKrystel WoolleyNewnham Campus04/11/2021
 ChemistryAlexandra Mole 23/06/2022
 ChemistryLiisa Trimble 26/02/2022
  College Office - Science and Engineering Carl Bennett Sandy Bay Campus 20/05/2022
  College Office - Science and Engineering Julia Tate Sandy Bay Campus 07/06/2022
 Earth SciencesIsabella von Lichtan 08/02/2022
 Geography  and Spatial SciencesRobert Anders  15/04/2022
 Information & Communication Technology Neal Schulz 18/12/2023
 IMAS Fisheries and Aquaculture Craig Thomas 24/11/2023
 IMAS Directorate Elizabeth Eyre 19/05/2022
 IMASSabrina SondaS Building - Newnham Campus31/12/2023
 Information & Communication Technology Quan Bai  15/02/2024
 IMOSAlex McKeownSalamanca30/06/2022
 IMOSLaurent  BesnardSalamanca30/06/2022
  Mathematics Andrew Bassom   04/09/2022
  Mathematics Danijela Ivkovic   04/09/2022
 Nat Centre for MEHJames FergusonNewnham01/03/2022
 Syndicate Tech Enviro & DesignDeborah Macklin  Sandy Bay Campus 08/05/2022
  TIA Research Institute Steven Boon Cradle Coast Campus 11/07/2022
  TIA Research Institute Annabel Wilson New Town Research Laboratories, Hobart 02/08/2022
  Physics Guifre Molera Calves Sandy Bay Campus 07/08/2022
 PhysicsAndrew Cole 13/08/2022
College of Business and Economics College  of Business and Economics Katherine Halliday Sandy Bay Campus 23/05/2022
 College Office Maria Eaton 23/05/2022
  College of Business and Economics Sarah Wilson-BassettNewnham Campus 18/12/2022
  Economics and Finance Vladimir Volkov Sandy Bay Campus 23/05/2022
  TSBE Desmond Ayentimi  Centenary Bldg, Lvl 4, Sandy Bay Campus 23/05/2022
  TSBE Rajesh Rajaguru Centenary Bldg, Lvl 4, Sandy Bay Campus 23/05/2022
 TSBESarah  Wilson-Bassett 18/12/2022
  TSBE Lin Yang Centenary Bldg, Lvl 3 Sandy Bay Campus 23/05/2022
College of Health and Medicine Health Sciences Olivia Carr Newnham Campus 31/12/2021
 Health SciencesJonathan MitchellRozelle Campus19/05/2024
 NursingPatricia BromleyDomain Campus22/12/2023
 NursingChun Fai KanRozelle  Campus22/10/2023
 MedicineCesar Tovar Lopez 08/09/2021
 MedicineJonathan BuggMedical  Science  Precinct 23/09/2022
 MedicineDebbie Orchard 14/12/2023
 MedicineKellie TwiningMedical Science  Precinct  2 26/02/2023
 MedicineJen Smith 13/01/2024
  Medicine Jessica Phillips   04/09/2021
 Medicine Leigh Montgomery 20/03/2023
 PsychologyCrystal Meehan 11/01/2022
 PsychologyMark Hinder 23/11/2023
University College    
 University CollegeClaire JoyceSandy Bay Campus 10/09/2022

First Aid Kits

The contents of a First Aid Kit is outlined in Appendix E (PDF 107.1 KB) – 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: Australian Red Cross First Aid app

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

The main hazard of COVID-19 is the risk of transmission of COVID-19. The First Aid COVID Guideline (PDF 155.5 KB) provides advice for extra precaution while administering First Aid.

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.

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.