Whether you work within an office or a shop, emergency first aid at work qualification is an important addition to your working environment.
When it comes to first aid, we all know that it is a vital aspect of our working lives. We need to understand how to use the correct equipment and procedures if an accident or illness occurs within the workplace.
Here at 1st Choice, we are asked many questions regarding first aid, so to assist you and your company’s’ knowledge around first aid, we have answered some of the most common questions that we receive when discussing emergency first aid at work.
So, What is First Aid at Work?
Acquiring an Emergency First Aid at Work qualification means that you will have the knowledge and skills of delivering or assisting with medical events, such as illness or an injury, that has occurred within the workplace.
Our emergency first aid at work course will allow you to gain a number of skills and knowledge such as:
– The roles and responsibilities of a first aider
– Understanding your first aid box
– How to deal and manage with minor and major bleeding, as well as shock
– How to manage seizures
It is the responsibility of your employer to execute the correct precautions for the employees of your company.
These should be done in accordance with Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 and apply to all workplaces and to those who are self-employed and have less than five employees.
What Should a Workplace First Aid Kit Contain?
Every company must have a certified first aid kit that has the correct validated contents within them.
The findings of the first aid assessment will influence what needs to be included in your workplace’s First Aid kit.
An example of a first aid kit contents could be:
- eye pads
- bandages (triangular) (individually wrapped and sterile)
- Safety pins
- Disposable gloves
- Microporous Adhesive tape
- Ultrasoft tissues
- Saline mini pods
You must remember that items within your first aid kit have expiry dates so you must check the packaging before applying these items to an injured person. Sterile items will need to be used before the expiry date is reached, so make sure you do this.
When it comes to your first aid kit, there are no set guidelines for the replacement of the goods within your first aid kit, but if you appoint a first aid kit appointer within your working environment, their responsibilities will be to keep guard and ensure that your kit is stocked up and will be ready to use when a medical emergency occurs within your working environment.
How Can I Learn First Aid?
The way you will learn the core skills of Emergency First Aid at Work is to enrol yourself on a course in this department.
There are a few choices you have, such as online courses, a first aid professional can come into your workplace and can assist your team of the vital information you need to know if an event occurs within the workplace. You simply have to choose a time that suits your company and book the course that suits you and your needs.
Training is highly recommended and here at 1st choice, we offer an Emergency First Aid at Work course that highlights in the importance of first aid and meets the requirements of low-risk environments such as offices, shops and food outlets. This course is highly in demand and vital for the health of your employees.
First Aid Ready
So, you now have all the information you need to search, book and attend a first aid course for your workplace.
If you have any unanswered questions about first aid within the workplace, why not head over to our website and Contact Us today – we are always available to assist you on your search for the perfect first aid option for you.