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Acorn Health and Safety FirstAid KitAccording to the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) accident statistics for 2017 / 18 there were 626,062 non-fatal injuries in the workplace, including those self-reported and reported by an employer, with 147 work-related fatalities between April 2018 and March 2019.

In the event of injury or sudden illness, failure to provide first aid could result in a casualty’s death.

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.

What is ‘adequate and appropriate’ will depend on the circumstances in the workplace, this includes to what level training is required for first-aiders.

The employer should carry out a ‘First Aids Needs Assessment’ to determine what is appropriate for their individual business, taking into account;

  • the workplace premises (single unit or spread out over a large area)
  • the workforce i.e. how many
  • the hazards and risk of injury occurring

As a minimum, for low risk environments such as shops and offices with fewer than twenty-five employees, you must have:

  • a suitably stocked first-aid kit
  • an appointed person to take charge of first-aid arrangements;
  • information for all employees giving details of first-aid arrangements

However, the first aid needs assessment might indicate the need for a First Aider, this is someone who has been trained by a competent first aid training provider in emergency first aid at work or first aid at work.

Our emergency first aid at work courses are delivered by knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainers all of whom hold adult teaching qualifications supported by professional qualifications.

They have gained their hands-on first aid experience from a variety of different backgrounds over many years including nursing, armed forces, emergency services, hospitality, Voluntary Aid Societies, as well as other industry sectors before becoming qualified instructors.

A variety of training techniques are used including plenty of practical exercises using some of the most up-to-date training equipment available, something Acorn prides itself on.

On completion of this one-day (6 hours contact time) course, successful candidates should be able to:

  • understand the role of the first-aider, including reference to:
    •  the importance of preventing cross infection;
    • the need for recording incidents and actions;
    • use of available equipment;
  • assess the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency;
  • administer first aid to a casualty who is unconscious (including seizure);
  • administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use an automated external defibrillator;
  • administer first aid to a casualty who is choking;
  • administer first aid to a casualty who is wounded and bleeding;
  • administer first aid to a casualty who is suffering from shock;
  • provide appropriate first aid for minor injuries (including small cuts, grazes and bruises, minor burns and scalds, small splinters).

Participants will be provided with a first aid book to take away and use to keep their knowledge up-to-date.

On successful completion of this course, which includes a number of practical assessments and a multi-choice question paper, delegates will receive a printed course certificate indicating compliance with the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.

Contact us now to book your first aid course today.

Nigel Braybrooke, Health and safety Consultant and First Aid Trainer