As a minimum, a low-risk workplace such as a small office should have a first aid box and a person appointed to take charge of first aid arrangements, such as calling the emergency services if necessary. Employers must provide information about first-aid arrangements to their employees.
Workplaces where there are more significant health and safety risks are more likely to need a trained first aider. First aid is an important tool in quickly responding to accidents to ensure that injuries can be efficiently and promptly dealt with before a trained medical professional arrives to administer more specialised treatment.
It is a legal requirement for a business to ensure that their employees are protected and receive immediate attention when an accident happens.
Benefits of First Aid Training
- First Aid Training Saves Lives
First Aid training has been proven to save individuals lives, by knowing how to do CPR and using a defibrillator this prepares you for a situation where you may need to step in and help save a life.
- Increases Confidence
Having basic First Aid knowledge increases your confidence, by taking first aid training it will help you to know how to deal with certain First Aid situations.as you will be confident in your skills and abilities. Having this understanding will boost your confidence in a wide range of non-medical day-to-day situations.
- It Encourages Healthy and Safe Living
You must look after yourself and ensure your own safety as a priority. During first id training your will learn about the importance of healthy living and how lifestyle habits and choices can increase and decrease your risks of developing problems such as coronary heart disease. Having this knowledge makes you aware of your own health and others.
4.It Gives you tools to prevent the situation from becoming worse
In some situations, if a patient doesn’t receive basic first aid care immediately their situation will deteriorate – often rapidly. By being able to provide basic care you can stabilize a patient until emergency medical services arrive. You’ll learn how to use basic household items as tools if a first aid kit is not available meaning that you’ll be able to cope with many situations.
What is a first-aider?
A first-aider is someone who has undertaken training appropriate to the circumstances. They must hold a valid certificate of competence in either:
- first aid at work
- emergency first aid at work
- any other level of training or qualification that is appropriate to the circumstances
Employers can use the findings of their first-aid needs assessment to decide the appropriate level to which first-aiders should be trained.
- Emergency first aid at work (EFAW) training enables a first-aider to give emergency first aid to someone who is injured or becomes ill while at work.
- First aid at work training includes the EFAW syllabus and also equips the first-aider to apply first aid to a range of specific injuries and illness.
To help keep their basic skills up to date, it is strongly recommended that first-aiders undertake annual refresher training.
Certificates for the purposes of first aid at work last for three years. Before their certificates expire, first-aiders will need to undertake a requalification course as appropriate, to obtain another three-year certificate. Once certificates have expired the first aider is no longer considered to be competent to act as a workplace first aider.
Prestige Safety Services are able to offer a range of cost effective first aid training solutions to suit your needs.
With instructors that have 15+ years of experience treating real traumas in the front line emergency services you are guaranteed an interesting top quality first aid course that will leave no delegate unsure of how to carry out their duties as a first aider.
As a registered centre for Qualsafe awards we are able to offer fully accredited courses across the first aid spectrum of qualifications