Guide to First Aid Regulations and Guidelines in Australia
WHS (WORKPLACE HEALTH & SAFETY) & Australian Standards
WHAT IS 'WHS'?
The 'Work Health & Safety Act' (WHS) is the agreed harmonisation of each state and territory's OHS legislation to develop a new national law by Safe Work Australia.
IS 'WHS' GOOD FOR ME?
Yes, WHS simplifies 8 old laws into 1 new national law. This overcomes confusion and entitles all Australian workers to the same work health and safety standards regardless of where they work.
WHO REGULATES AND ENFORCES THE NEW 'WHS' LAWS?
Safe Work Australia does not regulate compliance and enforcement of the 'WHS' laws. It is conducted by each state or territory's body such as WorkCover, WorkSafe or SafeWork.
HAVE ALL STATES AND TERRITORIES IMPLEMENTED THE NEW 'WHS' LAWS?
Yes, all apart from WA and VIC. Both are committed to or support the principle of national harmonisation. FastAid manufactures first aid kits to cover the existing VIC and WA regulations as well as the new WHS regulation.
WHAT DOES 'WHS' MEAN FOR ME?
Essentially, the WHS change means you are or will soon be required to replace or update your current first aid kits.
SO, HOW DO I CHOOSE THE CORRECT 'WHS' COMPLIANT FIRST AID KIT?
FastAid makes it easy for you to comply! Simply follow the R-Series on page 83 of our Edition 6 catalogue to quickly choose your first aid kit/s.
Email us now for your copy of the FastAid First Aid Kit Matrix and links directly to relevant Acts, Regulations and Government Resources.
ARE THERE AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS FOR FIRST AID KITS?
Yes. 'AS2675-1983 Portable First Aid Kits for Use by Consumers' is the applicable standard.
ARE FASTAID FIRST AID KITS COMPLIANT TO AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS?
Yes. Our R1 Series first aid kits exceed AS2675-1983 (Size A) requirements and our R2, R3 and R4 Series first aid kits exceed AS2675-1983 (Size B) requirements.
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NSCV (NATIONAL STANDARD FOR COMMERCIAL VESSELS)
WHAT IS NSCV?
Part of the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) defines suitable first aid kit standards for the different classes of commercial and fishing vessels.
HOW DO I CHOOSE THE CORRECT NSCV COMPLIANT FIRST AID KIT FOR MY VESSEL?
FastAid have a specific range of First Aid Kits suited for the Child Care industry.
Email us now for the latest guide and matrix to choosing a suitable FastAid first aid kit compliant to current NSCV requirements.
ACECQA (AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN'S EDUCATION & CARE QUALITY AUTHORITY)
WHAT IS ACECQA?
The National Quality Framework (NQF) by ACECQA establishes higher standards for all education and care services in Australia so children to age 13 years get the best possible start in life. The program sets levels of safety and quality to benefit all children and their families who use approved education and care services.
HOW DO I CHOOSE A SUITABLE FIRST AID KIT FOR COMPLIANCE WITH ACECQA REQUIREMENTS?
Email us now for the latest guide and matrix to choosing a suitable FastAid first aid kit to meet current ACECQA requirements.
ISSC 14 - GUIDE TO ELECTRICAL WORKERS' SAFETY EQUIPMENT
WHAT IS ISSC 14?
ISSC 14 is a Guide to Electrical Workers' Safety Equipment issued by the Industry Safety Steering Committee (ISSC). The Guide's prime purpose is to ensure the safety of electrical workers. In relation to first aid kits, the ISSC 14 document has a guide to portable first aid kits suitable for electrical workers.
DOES FASTAID HAVE ISSC 14 COMPLIANT FIRST AID KITS?
Yes. Our R2 Series Electrical Workers First Aid Kit with the additional ISSC 14 Module complies with ISSC 14 requirements, as well as WHS. For current information and web links for further reading on ISSC 14, please email us now.
ARTG (AUSTRALIAN REGISTER OF THERAPEUTIC GOODS) OR TGA (THERAPEUTIC GOODS ADMINISTRATION)
WHAT IS THE TGA?
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is Australia's regulatory authority for therapeutic goods. This government department carries out a range of assessment and monitoring activities to ensure therapeutic goods available in Australia are of an acceptable standard with the aim of ensuring that the Australian community has access, within a reasonable time, to therapeutic advances.
WHAT IS THE ARTG?
The publicly accessible version of the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) (www.ebs.tga.gov.au) is the reference database of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). It provides information on therapeutic goods that can be supplied in Australia.
IS FASTAID REGISTERED ON THE ARTG?
Yes. FastAid's registration number on the ARTG is 128314.
IS ARTG REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL?
To be a manufacturer and/or sponsor of first aid kits, it is essential to be registered on the ARTG. Heavy fines apply for non-registration, or selling non-listed first aid kits.