Ensuring you have adequate first aiders to cover your workforce is imperative to ensure you are working under the health and safety laws. Sometimes health and safety can be seen as a pain in you know what and an unnecessary task and therefore not taken seriously.
Of course, there are varying levels of first aid, and certain work environments will require it more seriously than others. For example, any factory-based industrial unit’s workplace will have many hazards and risks involved in day-to-day working. Their first aiders will be applied much more frequently than a first aider working in an office. Of course, this is a sweeping statement, and there are always exceptions.
With the number of claims being made nowadays, you must ensure your business is covered on the health and safety front. There are strict rules about ensuring health and safety policies are in place and that all risks are noticed and noted. Making your workplace as safe as possible will decrease the need for a first aider.
Becoming the first aider is not something that should be taken lightly. The responsibility is great, and you are relied upon to deal with situations calmly and effectively. Although first aiders are not medically trained, they will be introduced to understand how to deal with certain conditions and are there to lead and delegate should something serious happen.
So do not dismiss the need for first aiders within your workplace; it is a requirement that cannot be ignored. They are there to assist in the safety of your employees and to ensure you abide by the health and safety laws, so if you don’t feel ‘in the know’ about your health and safety, visit the HSE website today.