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The Importance of First Aid Training

posted 8 Aug 2014, 01:43 by Unknown user   [ updated 11 Aug 2014, 02:03 ]

First Aid Training: Why is it so important?

The frequency of accidents in the workplace vary depending on the type of industry you work in. For example, statistically it is far more dangerous working in Construction than Marketing for instance, primarily because of the risks involved with the working environment. However the same basic rules regarding health and safety and first aid provisions apply to all UK businesses, regardless of industry.
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Your Staff Need First Aid Training

In order to keep the workplace safe for your employees you need to not only take the steps needed to prevent accidents, but you must also provide proper first aid training. The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.

Health and safety legislation exists to protect the worker, and the business owner. Show you care and look after those who work for you. There are plenty of business benefits:
  • A reduction in the number of working days lost due to illness and injury
  • Retain your staff
  • Motivate your workers and boost productivity
  • Protect the reputation of your company
  • Shield yourself from potential legal action and reduce your insurance premiums

So, what sort of things do your staff need to know?

Risks within the workplace

The best way to avoid accidents is to educate staff in identifying and mitigating risks in advance. Regular site inspections and risk assessments will help with this process, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that your first aid kit never needs to be used.

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Where is the first aid kit located? What is in the kit? How are the provisions to be used? Who are the designated first aiders? As well as being aware of risks onsite, your team alsFirst Aid Kito need to know what to do in an emergency. This should be a standard part of your employee induction.

Basic First Aid Techniques

Having a well-trained workforce never negatively affects a business, particularly when it comes to maintaining the health and safety of employees. Although your business is duty bound to have at least one nominated first aider, providing basic training for all staff will help better manage accidents within the workplace.

Regulatory compliance

Under the terms of the applicable first aid regulations, your first aid kit should contain equipment appropriate for the risks and conditions at your place of work. In most cases your standard kit should be at least compliant with British Standard BS 8599.

Depending on the size of your business, you must also:
  • Employ at least one first aider who has been fully trained in using the first aid kit and dealing with potential emergencies and who holds the appropriate certification, or
  • Nominate an “appointed person” who will be responsible for contacting the emergency services when necessary and keeping the first aid kit properly stocked.
The nominated first aid officers will also need more in depth training to deal with potentially life threatening emergencies that involve advanced techniques like CPR.

As well as meeting your legal obligations, training in first aid will help protect your workforce, potentially saving lives in the event of a serious accident.

Which course should you choose?

Emergency First Aid at Work

Our one day Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work course is suitable for employers who have identified a requirement for Emergency First Aid at Work in their First Aid Needs Assessment. The focus of the course is on preventing situations from becoming worse and learning the vital life saving skills that a trained first aider can use until additional help arrives. 

First Aid at Work

If you identify that a more in-depth course is required, our three day Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work course will provide the first aider with the skills required to give effective life support, diagnose and treat injuries or illness and maintain care and comfort for the casualty. The emphasis is placed on dealing with life threatening situations to help ensure that the casualty is kept alive until professional help arrives. 

Paediatric First Aid 

If you work with young children, our two day Level 2 Award in Paediatric First Aid course may be more suitable as this is primarily aimed at those working in childcare settings, but it will be useful for anyone with responsibility for caring for infants and children. 

To book a course call our training advisors on 01279 873354 or email