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.
Employers must make arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. It doesn’t matter whether the injury or illness is caused by the work they do, it is important that they receive immediate attention and if necessary an ambulance is called.
First aid can save lives and prevent minor injuries from becoming serious ones. Correct First-aid provision throughout the workplace should cover the arrangements that need to be made to manage injuries or illnesses occurring in the workplace.
First Aid Needs Assessment
Employers are required to assess first aid needs. This involves reviewing workplace hazards and risks, the size of the company and other relevant factors. CDH Risk Management provide on-site First Aid Needs Assessment reviews. On completion, our auditors will determine the personnel and first aid requirements.
Employers must provide information about first-aid arrangements to their employees.
Employers should periodically review their first aid needs, particularly after any changes, our team are available to review the company’s first aid needs regularly.
All employers, self-employed people and people in control of work premises have duties under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).
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First Aid equipment
First Aid provision should be ‘adequate and appropriate for the circumstances. As a minimum, a low-risk workplace such as a small office should have a first-aid box or container, care should be taken to ensure that these are suitably stocked and labelled correctly. We can advise and supply appropriate First Aid equipment to suit your premise.
First Aid training
Many workplaces will need a trained first-aider. A first-aid needs assessment will help employers decide what first aid arrangements are appropriate for their workplace.
We run three key First Aid courses
1. Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF)
2. Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF)
3. Level 2 Award in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation (QCF)
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.
Certificates for the purposes of first aid at work last for three years. Before their certificates expire, first-aiders will need to undertake a re-qualification 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.
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