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Monday, October 15, 2018

AMSA Relaxes Rules for First Aid Supplies

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AMSA Making safety simple – working under the National System

AMSA Making safety simple – working under the National System


If you are operating in Class C, C Restricted, D or E waters, and are required to meet the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part C7A (Safety Equipment), you now have flexibility to determine the type and quantity of first aid supplies that are appropriate for your operation.

A new solution lets you decide if you continue to carry the “Scale” medical kit or cabinet as prescribed in Part C7A of the NSCV, or assess the risks of your operation and customise your first aid kit to suit your circumstances.

AMSA’s General Manager of Domestic Vessels, John Fladun, said this change will make it easier for operators to comply with the standards without forcing them to buy first aid kits that may not be appropriate for their circumstances.

“While it is important that all vessels carry first aid supplies, what is suited for one operation might not be suited for another,” Mr Fladun said.

“This change will allow operators to assess their own requirements potentially saving them money, and reducing waste, because only first aid supplies appropriate to their operation need to be carried on board.”

It’s important to note that if operators decide to use a different first aid kit it must also comply with the Work Health and Safety Code of Practice.

To find out what your first aid kit should include AMSA has published this guide, which can be viewed on line at

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