In any workplace, it’s a legal requirement to have adequate first aid procedures in place and equipment readily available to handle any unexpected accidents or emergencies that may occur. Hundreds of employees are injured in workplace accidents every year, many could have been easily prevented by having total health and safety compliance. Even if your workplace doesn’t seem like a dangerous place, accidents can happen at any time, anywhere.
The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulation 1981 states that all workplaces must have:
- A stocked first aid kit
- An appointed first aider/s with adequate first aid training
- Information and resources for employees highlighting first aid arrangements.
The first few minutes after an accident are most crucial for saving a life or avoiding lasting impairment, so keeping first aid training and procedures up-to-date is important in order to deal with accidents quickly and efficiently.
What should you have in your first aid kit?
The contents of your first aid kit depends on type of job being carried out, the environment and its potential hazards, of which can be determined using a health and safety assessment.
However, for a low-hazard workplace it’s recommended that first-aid kit should at least include:
- Triangular bandages
- Safety pins
- Disposable gloves
- Medium and large sterile, unmedicated wound dressings
- Individually wrapped sterile plasters
- Sterile eye patches
- Leaflet giving basic first aid advice
How your business will benefit from first aid training:
First aid training will teach candidates life-saving techniques and how to provide appropriate care, even though investing in first aid training may seem costly, it can bring a range of benefits to your business, including:
- It can save lives
The main benefit of first aid safety training for your employees is that it will teach employees life-saving techniques, so they can act confidently and immediately in an emergency potentially saving a life.
- Save your business money
Even though enrolling your employees on first aid training courses comes with a cost, having training and skilled staff can help prevent accidents and provide immediate treatment to those injured. If treatment is not received immediately it could result in further injury resulting in longer employee absence or even life-changing injuries or fatalities, which could also result in legal action against your business.
- Improve employee morale
Employees who care about the happiness and wellbeing of their employees will encourage stronger positive relationships, resulting in higher morale amongst employees and creating a more enthusiastic work environment. These can help increase productivity and produce more positive results from employees.
- Can build team relationships
Train your team all at once and it can help build stronger relationships between your employees. It’s a great way for your employees to get to know each other and work with people they may not have done before. A team that is made of stronger relationships and can work effectively together will have overall higher productivity levels.
- Improve company reputation
A company that has very few accidents and a strong first aid procedure in place will be trusted more by potential employees and customers. A serious lack of health and safety can make it to the news and subsequently destroy a company’s good reputation. A safe, positive reputation will allow you the opportunity to hire the best of the trade, as employees would rather work for a company that cares about their health and wellbeing whilst at work.
Written by: Becky Morris