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Question:

Following the increased occurrence of ‘thunderstorm asthma’ throughout the last year, should employers be including asthma inhalers in their first aid kits?

 

Answer:

There is no legal requirement to provide asthma inhalers and/or spacers as part of a workplace first aid kit. 

The contents of first aid kits are not specified in the health and safety legislation and regulations for each state and territory.  Rather, the contents of a workplace first aid kit should be tailored to reflect both the qualification level of the first aiders administering the aid and to minimise the potential risks to health and safety in your workplace.

It is recommended that workplace first aid kits do not contain medication (either prescription or over the counter medication). If an employee does disclose that they are required to take medication while at work,  such as an asthma inhaler, it is the employee's responsiblility to provide this. In such circumstances,  consultation should occur with the employee regarding where they plan to store such medication in the workplace. 

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