This unit of competency defines the skills and knowledge required to apply the administration of basic emergency first aid treatment and the management of life threatening situations where an unconscious person requires expired air resuscitation (EAR) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

This unit does not meet all of the requirements expected of designated First Aid Officers.

The competencies required for situations involving isolation of persons from hazardous electrical situations is covered in unit MEM18049 Disconnect/reconnect fixed wired equipment up to 1000 volts a.c./1500 volts d.c.. and unit MEM18050 Disconnect/reconnect fixed wired equipment over 1000 volts a.c./1500 volts d.c..

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:


MEM11011 - Undertake manual handling

MEM13015 - Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering

MEM16006 - Organise and communicate information


Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - following work instructions, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and safe work practices; - demonstrating correct procedures for expired air resuscitation (EAR) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a mannequin; - simulating first aid treatment of the cuts/abrasions and fractures, burns/scalds, concussion and shock, foreign bodies in eyes, poisoning, and; - recording details of first aid administered.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - safe work practices and procedures and use of personal protective equipment (PPE); - applicable regulatory and legislative requirements; - instances where EAR and CPR should be performed; - procedures for preparing a person for the administration of EAR and CPR; - procedures for performing EAR and CPR on a child and an adult; - dangers and precautions to be taken when administering EAR and CPR; - emergency first aid procedures for injuries covered by the scope of this unit; - details to be recorded of first aid administered; - procedures and reasons for recording first aid administered; - relevant regulatory and legislative requirements with respect to emergency first aid, and; - impact of regulatory/legislative requirements on the individual and others.

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