First Aid Training Courses
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First Aid at Work - The Basics
Care Training Services was established in 2011 with the aim of providing outstanding First Aid training. All our training is delivered by professionally training First Aiders ….
What is First Aid at Work?
People at work can suffer injuries or be taken ill. It doesn’t matter whether the injury or illness is caused by the work they do or not, it is important to give them immediate attention and call an ambulance in serious cases. You should make arrangements to ensure this happens. It can save lives and prevent minor injuries becoming major ones.
What do I need to do?
The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require you to provide adequate and appropriate first-aid equipment, facilities and people so your employees can be given immediate help if they are injured or taken ill at work.
What is ‘adequate and appropriate’ will depend on the circumstances in your workplace. Care Training Services can help you assess what your first-aid needs are and help you to meet them through training and consultancy.
The minimum first-aid provision on any work site is:
- a suitably stocked first-aid kit
- an appointed person to take charge of first-aid arrangements
- information for employees about first-aid arrangements
It is important to remember that accidents and illness can happen at any time. Provision for first aid needs to be available at all times people are at work.
WHAT SHOULD I CONSIDER WHEN ASSESSING FIRST-AID NEEDS?
Some small workplaces with low-level hazards may need only the minimum provision for first aid. But there are circumstances and factors that will mean you need greater provision. You, as an employer, are well placed to decide the provision you need. If you are in any doubt, Care Training Services can help you with a first aid training assessment and help develop a training plan to suit your organisation’s needs, ensuring you are complying with your legal obligations as an employer.
WHAT SHOULD I PUT IN THE FIRST-AID BOX?
There is no mandatory list of items to put in a first-aid box. It depends on what you assess your needs to be (we can help with that). As a guide, where work activities involve low-level hazards, a minimum stock of first-aid items would be:
- a leaflet giving general guidance on first aid (eg HSE’s leaflet Basic advice on first aid at work)
- 20 individually wrapped sterile plasters (of assorted sizes), appropriate to the type of work (you can provide hypoallergenic plasters if necessary)
- two sterile eye pads
- four individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile
- six safety pins
- two large, individually wrapped, sterile, unmedicated wound dressings
- six medium-sized, individually wrapped, sterile, unmedicated wound dressings
- at least three pairs of disposable gloves
This is a suggested contents list only.
The contents of any first-aid kit should reflect the outcome of a first-aid needs assessment.
It is recommended that you don’t keep tablets and medicines in the first-aid box.
WHAT IS AN APPOINTED PERSON?
Where your assessment of first-aid needs identifies that a trained first-aider is not required in your workplace, you should appoint someone to take charge of first-aid arrangements. This is the minimum requirement.
Even in a small, low-hazard business where first-aiders are not considered necessary, there is always the possibility that an accident or sudden illness may occur. It is therefore important that there is always someone available to take charge of these arrangements.
The role of this appointed person includes looking after first-aid equipment and facilities and calling emergency services when required. They can also provide emergency cover where a first-aider is absent due to unforeseen circumstances (annual leave does not count). An appointed person does not need first-aid training.
An appointed person is not necessary where there are an adequate number of appropriately trained first-aiders.
WHAT IS A FIRST-AIDER?
A first-aider is someone who has done training appropriate to the level identified in the needs assessment. This may be:
A first-aid needs assessment will identify what training is required for first aiders. At Care Training Services, we offer various courses from basic first aid at work to some advanced and specialist training.