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:


The Level 3 International Award in First Aid at Work and the Safe Use of an Automated External Defibrillator is a qualification aimed at providing candidates with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to support first aid and the use of a defibrillator in the workplace.

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This accredited qualification is ideal for those already working or preparing to work within industry wishing to become a First Aider in the workplace for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 and the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations (NI) 1982.

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This qualification has been developed specifically for those who wish to become an emergency first-aider and use a defibrillator.
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.

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For learners already working or preparing to work in the industry and to provide candidates, who are responsible for the welfare of infants and children, with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to support basic first aid including managing illness and injury and the use of an automated external defibrillator.

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This qualification is recommended for learners who wish to understand basic first aid in the workplace and who also have access to a defibrillator.
How long will it take?
To complete this qualification learners should expect to undertake approximately 4 hours of learning.

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