On this page we discuss…
Why fully trained First Aiders are needed at your workplace (headline summary) – to comply with the law and HSE regulations, to successfully manage damaging incidents, to improve productivity, to reduce staff sickness and to demonstrate social responsibility.
All employers must comply with the law in relation to Health & Safety legislation and the provisions of the First Aid at Work regulations.
Accordingly the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) says “Employers have a legal duty to make arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. It doesn’t matter whether the injury or illness is caused by the work they do, what is important is that they receive immediate attention and that an ambulance is called in serious cases. First Aid provision in the workplace covers the arrangements that need to be made to manage injuries or illness suffered at work.”.
There are more very good reasons to have trained First Aiders at your work!
In addition to meeting legal compliance, there are a lot of other very good reasons to have a team of properly trained and certificated First Aiders at your workplace. Whilst workplace accidents and medical incidents are infrequent, even in the best-run organisations, things can sometimes unexpectedly go wrong. Always having First Aiders on hand, can save lives and prevent minor injuries from becoming major ones.
Therefore having properly qualified First Aiders on your team will make a real difference. Most importantly, they will enable you to turn a potential disaster into a professionally managed situation. Moreover, the First Aiders prompt actions will avoid unnecessary suffering for all those involved and perhaps even save lives!
Additionally, having sufficient properly qualified First Aiders on your team can improve productivity, reduce staff sickness through prompt emergency action. Likewise, it will demonstrate that your organisation is able to meet its duty of care to its staff. Therefore showing that your organisation has a strong sense of social responsibility in relation to all its stakeholders, including the wider community.
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Getting a ‘free’ First Aid at Work Needs Assessment (headline summary) – to help you ensure you are HSE First Aid at Work compliant, we provide a free First Aid at Work Needs Assessment.
Based on the most up to date advice from the Health & Safety Executive, we can offer your organisation a ‘free’ First Aid at Work needs assessment service. Consequently, this process involves us asking a series of questions about your precise workplace environment. For example, the number and type of employees, as well as seeking details of the various job roles, work processes, and materials used.
If you are a small employer, we would usually provide this service via an email/telephone assessment process. For larger employers (i.e. over 200+ employees) if required this would include a ‘free’ on-site visit and a follow-up written report.
Furthermore, the information gathered would then enable us to produce a specification as to what level of First Aid cover and training your organisation is likely to need to ensure it’s HSE compliant with regard to First Aid support in the workplace.
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Conducting your own First Aids at Work Needs Assessment (headline summary) – why not conduct your own First Aid at Work Needs Assessment. It’s relatively straight forward to do and there is plenty of good advice to hand. If you encounter difficulties at any stage you can call us for free advice.
To help you conduct your own First Aid at Work Needs Assessment we have set out all the key advice from the Health & Safety Executive on the following page of our website; (First Aid Training Needs Assessment).
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is the Government body charged with regulating Health & Safety practice and procedures for all employers and workplaces in the UK. As such the HSE provides the ‘ultimate’ guidance on First Aid at Work, by following this link (HSE-First Aid at Work) you will find an overview of the HSE’s advice on all matters relating to First Aid in the workplace.
Or depending on what area you are seeking advice about, you can select from the list of links below.
Finally to read the full guidance on First Aid at Work from the Health & Safety Executive, please follow the link below, where you can view or download the following pdf document – The Health and Safety (First Aid) Guidance on Regulations 1981-updated 2018.
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Choosing the right First Aid at Work training for your workplace (headline summary)
Firstly, it can sometimes seem like there is a bewildering range of First Aid at Work courses on offer; that said many of these courses are only relevant to particular sectors (e.g. Paediatric First Aid for schools and nurseries).
Moreover, there are several other factors which will determine which of the above courses are relevant to a particular employer e.g. if you have over 50 employees at a work location, then you may well need to have some First Aiders who have undertaken the full First Aid at Work course. In addition, other factors include things such as the number of employees at any one particular work location/site, and/or the ease of access for emergency services.
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Most importantly, for the vast majority of employers, there are two particular courses which are usually relevant when looking to provide the correct level and scope of First Aid cover required by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), these are as follows.
Emergency First Aid at Work course – (which is designed for offices and other low to medium risk environments). This six-hour course is usually delivered in a one-day format, but in addition, it can be offered in a range of other flexible formats, including some blended learning options.
First Aid at Work course – (which is designed for medium to high-risk environments). This eighteen-hour course is usually delivered in a three-day format. Additionally, it can also be offered in a range of flexible formats, including blended learning options.