Any kind of workplace, whether an office that has limited physical interaction with customers, a customer-facing business such as a dentist practice or a school offering a learning environment to pupils; all employers have Health and Safety responsibilities that include First Aid statutory requirements and procedures to protect anyone within their premises.
The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) determines the Health and Safety Policies of each organisation, including the number of First Aiders based on assessments and/or to meet certain statutory requirements with a First Aider usually being advised or required per certain number of employees.
However – just because your organisation is not required, by Law, to have a first aider or a certain number of first aiders does not mean that training more of your staff is not beneficial to your workforce and/or people you are responsible for.
What classes as ‘adequate’ cover?
The Health and Safety Regulations 1981 requires employers to provide adequate and appropriate personnel, equipment and facilities to ensure employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. With this in mind, here are 5 signs you don’t have enough trained first aiders within your organisation:
- Someone falls seriously ill and their condition could have been stabilised or even improved with first aid whilst waiting for an ambulance.
- Someone cuts their finger at work and basic supplies such as antiseptic wipes and plasters cannot be found in the first aid kit.
- Someone falls seriously ill and a breakdown in communication between employees means that the call for an ambulance is delayed.
- Someone suffers a serious accident at work and the first aider is called for but found to be on annual leave.
- Someone is taken seriously ill at work and there is no quiet/private corner for them to be taken to until the ambulance arrives.
First aid training courses in Bristol could provide any organisation with more than enough trained personnel who can perform first aid when anyone becomes unwell or suffers an injury. Prompt attention can – in the worst-case scenario – truly mean the difference between life and death and reflect positively or negatively on your business or working environment, whether it is a member of staff, a member of the public or a contractor working on your premises that suffers some sort of illness or injury on your business premises.