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The Importance of First Aid at Work

Monday, 2 December 2013

The Importance of First Aid at Work

From a post by Ian Martin:

 

Accidents can happen anywhere, even in the safest of offices. Simple trips  and falls can have serious consequences, and unexpected problems such as heart  attacks can become life-or-death situations. Having someone in the office  trained to deal with first aid can help to make the accident victims more  comfortable, as well as potentially save lives, and first aid at work is  therefore hugely important. 

Accidents are Just Around The Corner 

Some workplaces are clearly more dangerous than others. Those workplaces  where heavy machinery is being operated will pose certain risks, but even a  simple office can pose risks. Tripping on wires, lifting heavy objects, falling  down the stairs - anything is possible and that's why training for first aid at  work is so vital. 

Every Workplace Needs Someone 

Just knowing that there is someone trained in first aid in the workplace is a  reassurance. If you have to call for an ambulance then having someone on hand to  administer first aid in the first few minutes could prove to be essential. Even  for more minor incidents such as small cuts, it is good to have someone with  first aid training to ensure that employees get the care they need. 

Spot the Dangers

Someone who has undergone first aid training is more likely to have a keener  eye to be able to spot the potential dangers before they occur. When people  undergo first aid training courses they can look at situations by the risk  factor they pose. So when someone leaves their bag out in the corridor or fails  to clean up a spillage you will be more aware of this which will reduce the  likelihood of accidents occurring. 

Employers: Look After Your Staff

If you are an employer then it is a good idea to make sure that you have  someone on the payroll who can deal with first aid situations. The office is a  lot safer when one or two of the staff have first aid at work training, and you  know that you are doing everything you can to keep your staff safe, which is  part of being a responsible employer. You could even undergo training yourself,  and it is best to have at least one other person trained.

Improve Your Job Prospects 

If you are looking for a job then being able to provide first aid at work can  help you to add something to your set of skills. First aid training does not  take long to carry out, but once you have it then employers will recognise its  significance and it can help you to stand out more as an attractive proposition  to employers. 

Source

Learn about Barringtons First Aid Courses here.

Blayne Webb, Director, Barringtons

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