Almost every weekday (apart from holidays – thankfully they’re over!) we’re sending our children to a place of education, be it a school, pre-school, day-care or childcare centre.
Like every other Australian workplace, the education industry must be first aid prepared. It's important that schools and childcare centres have adequate first aid facilities and equipment for use both onsite and offsite events such as excursions and evacuations.
In this article we will explore some recommended first aid kits and equipment for the education industry. We will also provide some links to handy resources to assist you with your journey to first aid compliance to meet WHS requirements and if you’re a childcare centre, compliance to ACECQA requirements.
Let’s get started with a checklist
As a start, here's a quick checklist of recommended first aid essentials for the education industry:
- General First Aid Kits for the office and classroom (Solution: the R2 Education Response Kit or the R4 Education Medic Kit)
- Food Area First Aid Kits for the canteen or kitchens (Solution: the R2 Foodmax Blues Kit)
- Playground First Aid Kits for staff on duty (Solution: the Bumbag First Aid Kit)
- First Aid Room or Sick Bay fit-out (Solution: check out our range of first aid room equipment, or chat to us about our first aid room packages)
- Defibrillator (Solution: the RD500 Defibrillator. Don’t forget to add on Paediatric Pad-Paks)
- Eyewash Station in areas such as science labs (Solution: the Emergency Eyewash Kit)
- Sharps & Biohazard Station for cleaning up sharps and body fluid spills (Solution: the combination Sharps & Biohazard Station)
If you are a childcare or early education centre, don't forget the recommendation from ACECQA - "A belt bag is one way of taking a modified first aid kit on an excursion or to the outdoor play space". We've got that covered too with the Bumbag first aid kit!
Keep our easy-to-use flowchart handy
Download our handy easy-to-use flowchart to make it easier to choose the right first aid kit.
Tip: apply this process to your existing first aid kits in your workplace to check whether you are compliant and properly prepared. Don’t get caught out unprepared.
Want to dive deeper into workplace first aid compliance for education?
Check out our handy complete guide to workplace first aid compliance for a deeper dive into the steps you need to take to ensure your workplace is 100% first aid prepared, compliant and ready to respond.