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1. Objectives and responsibilities


The objectives of this manual are to guide the University community:

  • to determine appropriate trained first aider coverage for buildings and campuses and to select and appoint appropriate staff to fulfil the role of Nominated First Aid Officer;
  • to determine needs for first aid equipment, primarily first aid kits, for buildings and campuses;
  • to ensure that the equipment is maintained to facilitate rapid response to first aid situations;
  • in responding promptly and appropriately to first aid situations and other emergencies with a first aid aspect;
  • in making appropriate arrangements for first aid in field work and trips away from University campuses and premises;
  • in making appropriate arrangements for first aid in situations where volunteers and/or members of the public participate in research activities, clinics, trials etc where there is an increased risk of adverse health effects requiring first aid or emergency response;
  • in reporting incidents, injuries and illnesses as required by legislation;
  • to encourage activities to be undertaken that prevent injuries; and
  • to guide members of the University community in disclosing health information that can assist in prompt and appropriate first aid response to foreseeable medical emergencies and to guide medical staff dealing confidentially with such disclosed health information.


All faculty, department and sections managers are responsible for:

  • informing staff, students and visitors of local first aid arrangements including details of how to contact Nominated First Aid Officers;
  • provision of first aid kits in relevant locations in buildings; and
  • first aid arrangements for clinics, fieldwork, research activities and laboratories with particular hazards, e.g. beyond the scope of basic building-first aid services.

Nominated First Aid Officers (NFAOs) are responsible for:

  • providing first aid to people who are injured or ill in the workplace,
  • maintaining first aid kits,
  • liaising with other NFAOs in their building to ensure a coordinated approach,
  • recording treatments and reporting treatment and incidents,
  • maintaining a current first aid qualification, and
  • participating in refresher training and competency development activities.