FIRST AID AT WORK
First aid is the provision of immediate care to a victim with an injury or illness, usually effected by a lay person, and performed within a limited skill range. First aid is normally performed until the injury or illness is satisfactorily dealt with (such as in the case of small cuts, minor bruises, and blisters) or until the next level of care, such as a paramedic or doctor, arrives. First aid may help the person to survive till the doctor comes and saves his/her life.
The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five employees and to the self-employed.
The Importance Of First Aid In the Workplace
As an employer it is your responsibility to ensure your staff are in good hands if they are taken ill or injured in the workplace.
When deciding what provision for first-aid is required in your work place, you need to consider the workplace itself, the employees and the hazards and risks that may be present.
Some small, low-risk workplaces need only have the minimum arrangements in place; a suitably stocked first-aid box, an appointed person to take charge of the first-aid arrangements and to ensure that all employees are supplied with the appropriate details, i.e. who the first-aiders are and where the first aid box it located. This appointed person does not need specific first-aid training.
If your workplace has more significant health and safety risks, for example you use machinery, hazardous materials or chemicals, then you are more likely to need a trained first-aider. Bear in mind that you need to ensure there is a minimum of one first-aid trained member of staff within the workplace at any one time. You may, therefore, consider training two or three employees to cover holiday entitlement and sick leave. Your first-aider(s) will also be required to requalify every three years.
If you have more than ten employees, under health and safety law, you must report and keep a record of certain injuries within an ‘accident book’. It is important that these records are kept in a safe, secure and confidential place to protect people’s personal details.
Edcons Institute Is Offering Following First Aid International Qualifications:
This international qualification would be typically delivered to learners through a 1-day training course (8 hours).
Topics covered include basic emergency first aid, major bleed control, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the use of automated external defibrillators and managing a choking casualty. Learn More
How long will it take?
To complete this qualification learners should expect to undertake approximately 4 hours of learning. Learn More