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  • What is First Aid Level 1 used for?
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    First Aid Level 1 is a life-skills course that will enable people to assist during a medical emergency. Most commonly, First Aid knowledge is used to manage minor injuries at home or work.
  • Can I get a job with a First Aid Level 1 certificate?
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    First Aid Level 1 is a life-skills course and will not afford you a job on its own. Certain workplaces may require that new recruits have a valid First Aid Level 1 certificate but they will also have to have other skills/qualifications or work experiences to meet the criteria.
  • What jobs require a valid First Aid Level 1 certificate?
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    • Au pairs
    • Boot camp instructors
    • Building contractors
    • Child care givers
    • Divers
    • Life guards
    • Mining contractors
    • Personal trainers
    • Safety representatives
    • Sports coaches
    • Swimming coaches
    • Teachers
    • Tourist guides
    • Etc.
  • Why does my workplace require a qualified First Aider?
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    The Regulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of South Africa states the general duties of employers to employees: “Providing such information, instructions, training and supervision as may be necessary to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of his employees.”   This means that every employer must ensure that there are trained personnel on the premises at all times that can assist during a medical emergency.
  • Where does the Department of Labour come in?
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    The Department of Labour has been charged with policing the implementation of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.
  • When should an employer legally appoint a First Aider?
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    Where more than 10 employees are employed at a workplace, the employer needs to appoint a First Aider. This is a compulsory legal appointment and the First Aider should be readily available during normal working hours.
  • How many First Aiders should my company have?
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    Shops & offices - one First Aider for every 100 employees. Other workplaces - one First Aider for every 50 employees.
  • What needs to be in my First Aid Kit at work?
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    The Regulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of South Africa lists the following minimum content of a First Aid Kit for the workplace:

    Annexure

    Government Notice R.2245 of 7 August 1992

    Minimum contents of a First Aid Box

    In the case of shops and offices, the quantities stated under items 1, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17, and 18 may be reduced by half
    • Item 1 - Wound cleaner / antiseptic (100ml)
    • Item 2 - Swabs for cleaning wounds
    • Item 3 - Cotton wool for padding (100g)
    • Item 4 - Sterile gauze (minimum quantity 10)
    • Item 5 - 1 pair of forceps (for splinters)
    • Item 6 - 1 pair of scissors (minimum size 100mm)
    • Item 7 - 1 set of safety pins
    • Item 8 - 4 triangular bandages
    • Item 9 - 4 roller bandages (75mm x 5m)
    • Item 10 - 4 roller bandages (100mm x 5m)
    • Item 11 - 1 roll of elastic adhesive (25mm x 3m)
    • Item 12 - 1 Non-allergenic adhesive strip (25mm x 3m)
    • Item 13 - 1 Packet of adhesive dressing strips (minimum quantity 10 assorted sizes)
    • Item 14 - 4 First aid dressings (75mm x 100mm)
    • Item 15 - 4 First aid dressings (150mm x 200mm)
    • Item 16 - 2 Straight splints
    • Item 17 - 2 Pairs large and 2 pairs medium disposable latex gloves
    • Item 18 - 2 CPR mouth pieces or similar devices
    Spillage kit:
    • Item 19 - An adequate supply of absorbent material for the absorption of blood and other body fluids spilled
    • Item 20 - Disinfectant to disinfect the area after cleaning up blood and other body fluids spilled.
    • Item 21 - 2 Pairs large and 2 pairs medium disposable rubber household gloves.
    • Item 22 - A suitable sized impervious bag for the safe disposal of blood and other body fluid contaminated biohazard materials
  • What needs to be in my First Aid Kit at home?
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    Your First Aid kit at home is your own; you can place anything in it that you think you might need. The prescribed content for a workplace First Aid kit is a good place to start, although you won’t need as much.
  • When should First Aid Kits/Boxes be provided?
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    ''Where more than five employees are employed at a workplace''. However it would be a good idea to have a First Aid Kit even if there is only one person in the office.
  • Where should I keep my First Aid Kits/Boxes?
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    ''The employer must provide a first aid box or boxes at or near the workplace, available and accessible for the treatment of injured persons at that workplace."
  • How many First Aid Kits/Boxes should be provided?
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    The employer should determine the number of First Aid Kits/Boxes by taking the following into account:
    • The type of injuries that are likely to occur at a workplace
    • The nature of the activities performed
    • The number of employees employed at the workplace
  • May we keep painkillers in the First Aid Kit/Box?
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    Regulation 7 states that the employer must ensure that only articles and equipment as mentioned above or other similar equipment or medicine is kept in the first aid box or boxes. According to the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act 101 of 1965, no person is allowed to dispense a medicine (i.e.: headache tablets, cough mixture, any other oral medicine) unless authorized to do so under the Pharmacy Act.
  • How long will my First Aid certificate be valid?
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    Your certificate will be valid for 3 years.
  • Why does a First Aid Level 1 certificate expire?
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    People are fond of saying ‘use it, or lose it’. This is true for your First Aid skills, knowledge and techniques, if you don’t regularly use or refresh the skills you’ve learned, you’ll forget how to perform the procedures correctly. By renewing or updating your qualification before it expires you are sure to stay up to date with current First Aid guidelines and procedures.
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