First Aid: a key skill in preserving life.

Something to consider; how many people are here today because they received lifesaving treatment from a first aider.

As an employer you need to ensure that your employee’s receive immediate attention if they are taken ill or are injured at work. Accidents and illness can happen at any time and first aid can save lives and prevent minor injuries from developing into major ones.

As a minimum you need to provide;

  • A suitably stocked first aid box, the contents are decided by assessing the work being carried out guidance is provided by the HSE in their document INDG214
  • Information for all employees giving details of first aid arrangements.
  • The number of First Aiders will be dependent on the work place and its activities. As a minimum an appointed person is required to take charge of first aid arrangements, with cover being recommended to  encompass absenteeism and holidays as follows:

 

Degree of Hazard How many employees First Aid personnel needed – at least:
Low hazard eg offices, shops, libraries etc < 2525 – 50 >  50 One appointed personOne first-aider trained in EFAWOne first-aider trained in FAW for every 100 employed (or part thereof)
Higher Hazard e.g. light engineering and assembly work, food processing, warehousing, extensive work with dangerous machinery or sharp instruments, construction, chemical manufacture <55 – 50 >  50 One appointed personOne first-aider trained in EFAW or FAW depending on the type of injuries that might occurOne first-aider trained in FAW for every 100 employed (or part thereof)

 

 

March 27, 2012 | Categories: Lighthouse Blog |
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