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First Aid

New – COVID-Safe Administering First Aid

06 October 2020 Guide now available

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 October 2020

Designated First Aid Officer Organisational UnitLocation Begin Date End Date
Mr Mark Thompson Academic Division Office Newnham 20/07/2018 29/05/2021
Brendan TheodoreAdvancement Office  15/10/202018/03/2022
Danielle Stokes AMC Governance Office Newnham  08/11/2018 08/11/2022
Gregory MurphyARTs 26/09/202014/02/2023
Karen ShielsAnimal ServicesCambridge04/03/202005/02/2022
Nathalie DoucetAnimal ServicesCambridge29/05/202014/02/2023
Liisa Trimble Chemistry Newnham Campus 26/02/2019 26/02/2021
Brendon Schollum Chemistry Sandy Bay Campus 5/11/2018 22/10/2021
Katherine Halliday College Office - Business and Economics Sandy Bay Campus 23/05/2019 23/05/2022
Nicky Bawle College Office - Business and Economics Sandy Bay Campus  23/05/2019 23/05/2022
Sarah Wilson-Bassett College Office - Business and Economics Newnham Campus 09/03/2020 18/12/2022
Carl Bennett College Office - Science and Engineering Sandy Bay Campus 20/05/2019 20/05/2022
Julia Tate College Office - Science and Engineering Sandy Bay Campus 07/06/2019 07/06/2022
Isabella von LichtanEarth Sciences 01/06/201908/02/2022
Cassie Griggs Engineering - Sciences and Engineering Sandy Bay Campus08/11/201907/11/2021
Vladimir Volkov Economics and Finance Sandy Bay Campus 23/05/2019 23/05/2022
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/Future Students Sandy Bay Campus 13/06/2018 12/06/2021
Mr Jonathan Bugg Global Engagement/ Future Students 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
Sonia Jessup Graduate Research Sandy Bay Campus 28/10/2019 28/10/2022
Olivia Carr Health Sciences Newnham Campus 01/01/21 31/12/2021
Emily Collins Health Sciences Newnham Campus 04/07/2019 18/04/2021
Chloe Harrison Health Sciences Domain Campus 29/8/2018 14/8/2021
Patricia BromleyHealth SciencesDomain Campus22/12/202022/12/2023
Therese Toohey Health Sciences Rozelle Campus - Sydney 27/11/2019 26/11/2022
Lisa FletcherHumanities - School ofHumanities Bdg, Sandy Bay Campus04/02/202004/02/2023
Lara Wilks Ford Humanities - Office of Humanities Bldg, Sandy Bay Campus 16/01/202016/09/2021
Darren Johnston IT Services Newnham Campus 12/11/2019 12/11/2022
Sarah Reutas IT Services Sandy Bay Campus 05/06/2019 05/06/2021
Rachel Adams Library Morris Miller Library 26/12/2018 25/12/2021
Chun Fai KanNursingRozelle23/10/202022/10/2023
Andrew Cole Physics Sandy Bay Campus 14/08/2019 13/08/2022
Andrew Bassom Mathematics   04/09/2019 04/09/2022
Danijela Ivkovic Mathematics   05/09/2019 04/09/2022
Guifre Molera Calves Physics Sandy Bay Campus 08/08/2019 07/08/2022
Cesar Tovar LopezMedicine 05/09/201908/09/2021
Jessica Phillips Medicine   05/09/2019 04/09/2021
Deborah Macklin  Physical Sciences Sandy Bay Campus 01/06/2019 08/05/2022
Maria Eaton Office Sch of Tech, Env & Design Sandy Bay Campus 23/05/2019 23/05/2022
Mark HinderPyschology 23/11/202023/11/2023
Adele Kay Research Sandy Bay Campus 13/05/2019 16/04/2022
Sue Jopling Student Experience Level 1, Morris Miller Library 27/08/2018 22/06/2021
Amy Lugten Student Operations Sandy Bay Campus 06/11/2019 06/11/2022
Casey Gillam Student Retention & Success   30/04/2019 30/04/2022
Kate Lucas Student Retention & Success Sandy Bay Campus 09/04/2019 29/03/2022
Robert YoungsStudent Retention & Success (ELC)Newnham 27/06/201826/06/2021
Amy Dunham Student Services   30/04/2019 30/04/2022
Steven Boon TIA Research Institute Cradle Coast Campus 01/07/2017 30/06/2020
Annabel Wilson TIA Research Institute New Town Research Laboratories, Hobart 11/11/2020 02/08/2022
Karen Christie TIA Research Institute Burnie 11/07/2018 20/06/2021
Ian Pickering TIA Research Institute   04/12/2019 21/01/2021
Desmond Ayentimi  TSBE Centenary Bldg, Lvl 4, Sandy Bay Campus 23/05/2019 23/05/2022
Rajesh Rajaguru TSBE Centenary Bldg, Lvl 4, Sandy Bay Campus 23/05/2019 23/05/2022
Lin Yang TSBE Centenary Bldg, Lvl 3 Sandy Bay Campus 23/05/2019 23/05/2022
Simon SchornUniversity Coillege 21/09/202023/08/2022
Anthony Ray Wicking Dementia Res Educ Ctr Medical Science Precinct - Wicking 23/03/2020 23/03/2021
Oliver FreemanWicking Dementia Res Educ CtrMedical Science Precinct - Wicking 16/03/202016/03/2021

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

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.