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Three ways to invest in employee health and safety


Whether you work at a desk, in a workshop, or out in the field, prioritising workplace safety is crucial. Encouraging your employees to undergo first aid training not only empowers them with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively respond during emergencies, but it also fosters a safer work environment.

This financial year, we encourage you to conduct a workplace audit to assess whether you meet all the necessary safety requirements regarding first aid.

Your First Aid Checklist

  • Does your workplace have a fully stocked First Aid Kit?
  • Are employees aware of the First Aid Kit location?
  • Are the items in the First Aid Kit within their expiry dates?
  • Have you or your staff received recent First Aid Training?
  • Does your workplace have a defibrillator?

If you find any gaps in your workplace’s basic first aid requirements, the good news is that there are simple steps to get back on track. Here are 3 ways you can invest in your employee’s health and safety this tax time.

Install Defibrillators

A Defibrillator or Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that is the only effective first aid treatment for cardiac arrest. Every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces a person’s chances of survival by up to 10%. An AED analyses a person’s heartbeat and detects abnormal rhythms. If necessary, it can deliver a lifesaving shock to reset the heart and restore its normal rhythm.

The St John Community First Responder program is a free program, which allows individuals and businesses to register their AED location. This helps bystanders locate nearby defibrillators and provide lifesaving first aid treatment to individuals experiencing cardiac arrest before emergency services arrive.

This end of financial year, St John WA is offering bundle deals on the G5 Fully Automatic and G5 Semi-Automatic defibrillators to ensure your workplace is prepared for an emergency. An immediate tax deduction is available for eligible businesses redeemable for the cost of purchasing an AED during the year the asset is first used or installed. When you purchase an AED through St John, you will also receive a complimentary safety assessment to ensure your workplace meets satisfactory standards and identifies any hidden liability risks.

First Aid Kits for The Workplace

According to Safe Work Australia, there were 497,300 Australians who experienced a work-related injury or illness from 2021 to 2022. While first aid requirements may vary based on the industry, workplace size and location, it is essential for employers to have at least a basic First Aid Kit readily available.

St John WA’s Workplace Modular First Aid Kit is an affordable and comprehensive way to ensure your workplace is covered for any type of incident, such as major bleeding, eye injuries, basic wound care and sprains. Each kit is clearly labelled and equipped with the items you need to provide first aid in the event of a medical emergency. The Workplace Modular First Aid Kit is designed for easy access and can be wall-mounted to save space.

First Aid for Mental Health

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, two in five Australians aged 16 to 85 years old experience a mental disorder at some time in their life. This includes conditions such as anxiety disorders, depression, and substance use disorders. The pandemic has had a significant impact on the economy and the workforce, leading to job losses, financial strain, and increased work-related stress.

Prioritising mental health is essential in the workplace, and by addressing mental health concerns, workplaces can promote employee wellbeing and productivity.

If you are in a leadership position, it’s important to understand how to offer support and recognise the early signs of mental distress in your team. A Mental Health First Aid course will help you learn the necessary skills to help someone seek professional care. Take advantage of St John WA’s generous discounts this EOFY, including up to 30% off workplace First Aid Kits. Shop the sale until the 30th of June 2024.

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