Our office receives some excellent safety enquiries from our clients. This month we share a common question that arises.
Question: Can we supply analgesics (pain relief medication) in workplace first aid kits?
The position of most Australian safety authorities is that analgesics should not be provided in workplace first aid kits. This is because these medications could cause adverse reactions in some people including asthmatics, pregnant women and people with medical conditions. In addition, workplace first aid officers are generally not qualified to diagnose and dispense any medications.
However, some workplaces desire to provide analgesics for worker comfort or convenience e.g. for relief of minor headache. Given that there is no regulation banning the presence of analgesics in first aid kits, this is allowable if controlled.
For more information on recommended controls call or email us for the fact sheet.