Workplace first-aid training campaign

Wednesday, 22 July, 2009

St John Ambulance trains more than 60,000 Victorians each year, from over 20,000 companies, in essential, life-saving and first-aid skills at a range of public and on-site industry courses. The training is provided by a team of fully accredited St John trainers, all of whom undergo regular professional development and update programs.

The first-aid training and awareness campaign is aimed at raising the profile of first aid in the workplace and that of St John Ambulance as a source of training for employers to maintain compliance with WorkSafe Victoria guidelines.

The guidelines state that workplaces need to have first-aid officers with a minimum training level of senior first aid certificate (Level 2 first-aid qualification).

For higher-risk workplaces, where workers may be regularly exposed to hazards, there may be a need for first-aid officers to have completed occupational first-aid training (Level 3 first-aid qualification).

The first-aid training and awareness program is primarily targeting the construction, transport and storage industries, as well as manufacturing and mining.

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