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.
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.”.
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, and First Aiders 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 within which they operate.
How to get a ‘free’ First Aid at Work Needs Assessment (headline summary) – to help you ensure you are HSE First Aid at Work compliant, we will provide you with a free First Aid at Work Needs Assessment.
Based on the most up to date advice from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), we can offer your organisation a ‘free’ First Aid at Work needs assessment service. This process involves our asking a series of questions about your precise workplace environment, the number and type of employees, as well as seeking details of the various processes and practices followed.
If you are a small company, we would usually provide this service via an email/telephone assessment. For larger companies (i.e. over 150+ employees) this would most likely include a free on-site visit. You can read further information about ensuring your organisation is First Aid HSE compliant by following this link (https://www.rttraining.co.uk/first-aid-training-needs-assessment).
This information will 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.
Please contact If you would like to book a ‘free’ First Aid needs assessment, please fill out ‘this form’ or call us on; 03333 44 2176
Choosing the right First Aid at Work training for your workplace (headline summary)
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).
However, 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:
The other 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). These factors include things such as the number of employees at any particular work location, (the ease of access to emergency services
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 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, but it too can be offered in a range of flexible formats, including some blended learning options.
First aid needs assessment
RT Training are willing to provide free telephone advice for companies wishing to carry out a first aid needs assessment; we also offer free on-site visits to companies with 150+ employees.
If you wish to receive advice or an on-site visit please fill out our form below or call 03333 44 2176
First Aid Courses
- Electrical & Electronics
- Food Processing
- Remote Working
- Primary Schools
- Secondary Schools
- Further education/college
In addition we offer e-learning workplace courses; click here to browse or use our search tool.