It is a legal requirement to have a First Aid kit and at least one appointed first aid person, as a minimum, in small workplaces that are considered to be low risk. This can vary depending on the nature and size of your workplace, but the larger the area, the more First Aid precautions need to be in place.
First Aid in the workplace is important for a number of reasons, including keeping your staff and your business safe. Below is a guide to all the things you need to know about First Aid in the workplace.
First Aid Kits
First Aid kits are a bag or box that is clearly marked so that everyone knows what it is. First Aid kits are made up of basic materials that can help with minor injuries, or keep issues under control until further medical help can be reached. They usually contain things such as plasters, bandages and very importantly, alcohol wipes to clean wounds and prevent infection.
Having a first aid kit on site is a legal requirement
First Aid kits are easy to get a hold of and can be purchased in shops as well as online. It is important that you keep it full and well stocked. Don’t forget to replenish the kit after things have been used; you don’t want to go to the kit in an emergency only to find it half empty.
Nominated First Aider
In the work place, one person should be appointed the First Aid Controller. This means they would be in charge of any First Aid arrangements that need carrying out, such as calling and liaising with the emergency services should a medical problem arise. As well as one person in charge, you can also have numerous staff trained on specific ‘first aid in the workplace’ training courses.
First Aid training courses are very popular as it provides staff with a First Aid qualification and puts extra health and safety precautions in that could help protect your business and workplace.
Sending staff on First Aid courses makes them feel more appreciated and valued. Staff are likely to learn practical skills such as how to use a medical kit, emergency CPR, how to deal with heart attacks, bleeding, burns and common ailments such as asthma attacks, allergic reactions and much more.
These training courses will provide critical skills that could save someone’s life, and the stuff your staff learn will stay with them beyond working for your company. It also means that they will get an extra qualification to put on their CV, so your business benefits, but so do your staff.
Finally, First Aid in the workplace is extremely important because it promotes a safer working environment. Staff feel safer knowing that there are dedicated First Aiders on site who they can go to if there is a problem. This can lead to a higher morale among staff and ultimately create a happier place to work.
This is a bit of an old style first aid kit.
Having trained First Aiders also protects your business and workplace by reducing the financial risks associated with dealing with injury or even death in the workplace, such as compensation, legal action or medical bills.
Everyone hears the endless adverts encouraging people to claim if they’ve had an accident at work, and having First Aiders in the workplace can help protect your business against these kinds of issues.
First Aid in the workplace is very important for a number of reasons. Having an appointed First Aider as well as a fully stocked kit in your workplace can really benefit your business in the long run, and will help keep your staff safe.
Author bio: Written by The Workplace Depot, the UKs leading supplier of industrial supplies and office equipment, including safety equipment such as first aid kits