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12 Feb 2019

In February we advised…..

Under Australian Health & Safety Laws, Newborn Photographers have specific First Aid & WHS Obligations!

Many of you had questions regarding this and we don’t blame you! As until now, this is something, you had NOT been made aware of!
So we have produced this special post to specifically answer your questions!
And don’t miss your chance to WIN! See below!

Your Questions Answered!

Q. What does First Aid actually mean?
A. First aid is the provision of initial healthcare and basic life support to someone who suffers an injury or illness. 
Ensuring that first aid is provided to ill or injured workers/
visitors/contractors etc etc is an essential part of your duty of care as business owner.

If an incident occurs in your workplace, you must ensure that first aid is provided until either:
• the injured person recovers; or
• more advanced care arrives.

Q. What are our actual LEGAL OBLIGATIONS to provide First Aid?

A. Your specific obligations to provide first aid depend on your jurisdiction. The relevant legislative provisions and legal obligations for each jurisdiction are set out in the following table:

Legislation refers to the formal written laws made by Parliament. Legislation is sometimes called a statute or an Act of Parliament (an Act). 

The WHS Regulations set out prescriptive health and safety obligations that must be implemented by a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU), and how to meet these obligations. The regulations are legally enforceable.

Q. In Australia, doesn’t the Good Samaritan Law protect /cover us?

A. A ‘“good samaritan” is a person who, in good faith and without expectation of payment or other reward, comes to the assistance of a person who is apparently injured or at risk of being injured’ (s 56).

And nearly all Australian states and territories have in place good Samaritan legislation to ensure that people who step forward to provide emergency medical assistance are not held legally liable for their actions provided they act in good faith.[1] 
In fact, the good Samaritan provisions are intended to encourage people to act on the basis of ‘some help is better than none’.

So as a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) you:
1. have a legal obligation to ensure first aid is provided as per above
2. in doing so, if you are acting in good faith to provide emergency medical assistance you will not be held legally liable for your actions!

Q. What training do First Aiders require?

A. First aiders must have a valid nationally recognised first aid certificate from a registered training organisation.

Basic first aid training should cover the following
* the principles and priorities of first aid; 
* airway and breathing management; 
* cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); 
* infection control; 
* treating trauma injuries; and 
* responding to medical emergencies.

Course providers can be asked to tailor first aid training to the specific hazards and conditions of a workplace (which is what we have done with CPR Kids)

First Aiders MUST undergo refresher training at least once every 2-3 years, so they remain familiar with the latest first aid procedures and techniques.

Q. Is the Training that CPR Kids provide adequate to meet Workplace Health and Safety requirements for a Newborn Photographer?

A.CPR Kids provides Nationally Recognised Training on behalf of and in partnership with The First Aid Group. The First Aid Group is a Registered Training Organisation (32268). And all of their courses are nationally recognised and workplace approved. Their registration can be viewed at https://training.gov.au/Organisation/Details/32268

Q. Why is your Infant CPR/First Aid + Newborn Safety Workshop $699, when the CPR Kids training is only $99?

A.Our Infant CPR/First Aid Workshop includes:

• 3 hours of Infant CPR/First Aid Training specifically tailored to Newborn Photographerswith CPR Kids!
We relate all of the training by CPR Kids Neonatal or Paediatric Nurses back to the Newborn Photography studio!! 
• 2 hours of Workplace Health and Safety Legislation/Regulations Training with ANP™
• 3 hours of Advanced Posing Techniques with Sandra Moffatt from StandInBaby!
• Lunch 
• Safety Management, Risk Management, First Aid Risk Assessment Templates 
• Ongoing support, mentoring and followup!

Q. What do I need in my First Aid Kit?

A first aid kit should have a white cross on a green background to comply with Australian Standards. A red cross on a white background is a logo of the Australian Red Cross and should not be used in workplaces.

Make sure the kit will keep the contents clean, dry and usable.

You may require multiple first aid kits. This will depend on:

• the size of your workplace;

• the number of workers; and

• the level of risk

Many items stored in a first aid kit have expiry dates or need to be kept in a refrigerator or freezer to be effective, e.g. a reusable icepack. Some items, such as tweezers, may need to be sterilised between uses. This is not suitable in many workplaces, so disposable, single-use items should be used wherever possible.

IMPORTANT Phone numbers of emergency services should be clearly displayed near your first aid kit and in other appropriate locations, e.g. the parents waiting room, the studio.

A comprehensive, child-friendly first-aid kit should contain:

  • A cold pack — kept in the fridge or freezer for bumps, swelling, bruising
  • Band-Aids or plastic strips in assorted shapes — for bleeding wounds
  • An antiseptic cream of your choice — for wounds
  • A digital underarm thermometer
  • A rescue blanket — to keep an injured person warm
  • Adhesive tape — to keep dressings in place and hold bandages together
  • Eye pads — for eye injuries such as cuts
  • Paper or Styrofoam cups — for eye injuries such as foreign bodies
  • Ampoules of saline — for flushing eyes and cleaning wounds
  • Gloves — to protect yourself
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Splinter probes — to make removal of splinters easier
  • A light stick — for use in the dark to attract attention, for example, if there is a power outage due to a storm
  • Wound closure strips — good for holding lacerations together
  • Zip-lock plastic bags — for amputated parts
  • Safety pins — to hold triangular slings in place
  • Assorted bandages
  • A triangular bandage — a sling for arms or for splinting limbs (tie them or use them to apply pressure)
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Sterile gauze swabs — useful for everything!
  • Non-stick dressing — for grazes and/or minor burns until you get medical help
  • A combine dressing pad — pressure dressing for bleeding
  • Heavyweight bandages — pressure bandages for snake and funnel-web spider bites
  • A resuscitation mask
  • A CPR guide
  • Freezing spray for ticks, e.g. Wartoff
  • Red-coloured hand towel
  • Timer
  • A first-aid guide 

Make sure the contents of the first-aid kit is checked regularly, as some of the contents can expire and replace the contents as they are used. It is a good idea to separate medicines from the rest of the first-aid kit, as they can expire quickly. All first-aid kits must be kept out of reach of children.

Download your FREE First Aid Kit Check List!

Q. How do we determine the first aid requirements in a newborn photography studio?

If you take a logical and methodical approach to determining the first aid requirements in your studio, this will help ensure do not overlook something. The following steps will assist you:

Step 1: Determine whether your studio is a high-risk or low-risk workplace. Your first aid requirements will depend on whether your studio is deemed to be
A high-risk workplace – is a workplace with a high number of hazards and a significant risk of serious injury or illness occurring onsite.
A low-risk workplace – is a workplace in which the level of risk, or risk that could result in serious injury or illness, is low.

Step 2: Consider the hazards and risks in your studio. The required level of first aid in your studio will depend on the specific activities including poses, props you are using, types of photography ie newborn, maternity, birth, toddlers, family, pets etc and the hazards and risks associated with these.

Consider what types of injuries could occur that would require first aid and ensure you have appropriate items and equipment for treating these.

Step 3: Determine how far your studio is from emergency services.If ambulance and medical services are located a long distance from your studio and/or there is a risk of serious injury or illness, you may need to ensure you have a high level of first aid training. You may also require additional first aid kits.

If you are a mobile photographer or work in an isolated area, you must have a portable first aid kit.

You should also have an emergency telephone in case your mobile phone loses reception or battery power.


We have 3 of these fantastic First Aid guides worth $30 each to give away!!

Easy-to-follow step-by-step advice, nurse- and parent-tested methods and clear illustrations will show you how to: assess a situation and stay calm, treat an injury in a child-friendly way, recognise warning signs that show a child has a serious illness, know when to get help, and make your studio child-safe!

Be the first person to register for one of our upcoming workshops in
  • Brisbane
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Perth

and you will


“A life. A finger. A pea up a nose.”
A practical guide to baby and child First Aid
by Sarah Hunstead

From resuscitation, broken bones, choking and drowning to allergies, breathing problems and everything in between, this essential guide equips photographers with the skills to help your precious little clients safely and effectively in the event of a medical emergency.

The information in this book is a trusted compilation of best practices from Australia’s peak clinical bodies-including the Australian Resuscitation Council, ASICA, Australian Venom Research Unit -and valuable case studies from Australian parents.

Register now!

For more information on Workplace Health and Safety Legislation and Regulations pertaining to Newborn Photographers. please do not hesitate to contact us!


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