Occupational First Aid

HLTSS00027 Occupational First Aid Skillset

Man practices first aid in a Senior First Aid Course

This is a very interesting and challenging course is suitable for all First Aiders looking to improve their skills and those that must have this qualification for their employment. An example may be a workplace First Responder

Student must successfully meet all criteria for all units to be awarded this qualification.

Course details

Purpose: Gain further knowledge and first aid skills on an adult or child casualty when help is required. These unit of competency describes the skills & knowledge required to maintain Australian workplace to specifically deal with injuries, accidents and illness that occur in the workplace. This course is essential for people who are responsible for workplace Occupational clinics or first aid rooms as listed in the first aid code of practice

Course Format:
Blended: 5 hours of unsupervised pre-course study; and 16 hours of face to face training and assessment

Assessment: practical continuous assessments during face-to-face and a short theory exam.

Certificate issued:
HLTSS00027 Occupational First Aid Skill Set:
    HLTAID003 Provide first aid
    HLTAID006 Provide advanced first aid
    HLTAID007 Provide advanced resuscitation
    HLTAID008 Manage first aid services and resources
It is recommended this course be renewed every 36 months in line with industry standards. Locate the most current training package at training.gov.au Students who successfully complete this nationally recognised training will be awarded the statement of attainment:

PDF emailed valid for three years from the date of issue.

Physical Requirements
It is important to note that there are physical standards which relate to the level of performance required when undertaking accredited training. The HLTAID competency standards require a level of physical ability to provide resuscitation and respond to an emergency situation where there may be risk to life.

One requirement of this course is the student must be assessed as physically capable of performing uninterrupted CPR for at least 2 minutes on a CPR adult resuscitation manikin placed on the floor and on a CPR infant resuscitation manikin placed on a firm surface.

There can be no exceptions to these Australian Government requirements that are clearly written into the Training Package. Therefore, students who are unable to satisfy the physical requirements of the course cannot be deemed competent or issued with a statement of attainment, even if the qualification is a necessary part of their employment conditions.

Pre-requisites: None - no age requirements

Standards: The course complies with policy advice from the Australian Resuscitation Council

Practical Topics covered - Skills and Knowledge

Working knowledge of:
    Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines relating to provision of first aid
    company/organisation standard operating procedures (SOPS)
    First aid risk assessment practices and procedures
    First aiders' skills and limitations in relation to first aid response in the workplace
    How to gain access to and interpret Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
    Legal responsibilities and duty of care
    Occupational health and safety requirements in the provision of first aid
    Priorities of management in first aid
    Procedures for dealing with major and minor accidents in the workplace
    Safe storage and handling of medication in the workplace
    First aid equipment and resources to manage injuries and illnesses addressed in HLTAID003:Provide first aid
    Infection control principles and procedures, including using standard precautions
State/territory regulations, legislation and policies relating to:
    Currency of first aid skills and knowledge
    First aid training
    Occupational health and safety requirements in the provision of first aid
    Workplace first aid provision
    Stress management techniques and available support
    Social issues, with particular reference to workplace culture, issues and resources and associated organisation requirements
Essential skills:
It is critical that the candidate demonstrate the ability to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role

This includes the ability to:
    Apply first aid principles in the workplace
    Assess workplace first aid requirements
    Communicate effectively and assertively and show leadership in an incident
    Conduct an initial casualty assessment and prioritisation
    Conduct/review first aid risk assessment
    Adequate infection control procedures - use of standard precautions
    Consideration of the welfare of casualties and first aiders
    Incident management skills
    Safe manual handling
    Safe storage and handling of medication in the workplace
    Safe storage and handling procedures for pressurised gases
Implement WHS guidelines
Interpret, use and maintain records of the range of documentation required by the workplace and regulatory authorities
Maintain first aid equipment and resources in operational condition
Make prompt and appropriate decisions relating to managing an incident in the workplace
Manage a first aid response in an identified workplace context
Plan an appropriate first aid response in line with established first aid principles, ARC Guidelines and/or State/Territory regulations, legislation and policies and respond appropriately to contingencies in line with own level of skills and knowledge
Take into account opportunities to address waste minimisation, environmental responsibility and sustainable practice issues
Use high level literacy and numeracy skills as required to read, interpret, address and communicate guidelines, protocols and reporting requirements

Practical Topics covered - Elements

  • Establish a workplace first aid facility
  • Manage a workplace first aid facility
  • Manage workplace first aid records
  • Evaluate the provision of first aid in the workplace

    Private lessons can be arranged. Please phone for details.