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Working from home: do you need a first aid kit?

Do you have to supply first aid kits to your employees?
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Working from home: do you need a first aid kit?

Working from home: do you need a first aid kit?

13 March 2020

Do you have to supply first aid kits to employees who work from home?

Our Workplace Advice Line recently received this question from a Workplace Assured subscriber.

Q We have a number of office workers asking to work from home one day per week to have a break from commuting.

If we approve these requests, are we required by law to supply a first aid kit to these employees for that one day at home, or is it reasonable to expect them to purchase that themselves?

We note that NSW first-aid regulations require that all workplaces have a first-aid kit.

A In NSW, legal requirements for the provision of first aid at workplaces are set out in Work Health and Safety Regulations (clause 42). In general, first aid arrangements must be suitable and adequate for the type of work and the nature of the workplace.

As an employer, the legal requirement is for you to ensure that suitable first aid supplies are available to people working from home. Considering that office work done from home generally involves sitting at a computer and doing some paperwork, it is reasonable to assume this type of work is most unlikely to expose workers to the types of hazards, risks and injuries that would require first aid.

Fairly basic first aid supplies are therefore likely to be suitable and adequate for the type of work and the nature of the workplace, as the work generally does not involve exposure to hazards over and above those normally found in the domestic environment.

For most employers, it will not be reasonably practicable to independently check of the adequacy of the first aid supplies in the homes of employees who will be working from home.

The most practicable course of action is therefore to direct any employee who will be working from home to ensure they have suitable first aid supplies. Some commentators have suggested providing employees who will be working from home with a checklist to ensure their home complies with WHS requirements. This could include checking that they have adequate first aid supplies, among other matters.
 

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