First Aid is an important life skill and having a qualified First Aider in the workplace is a legal requirement. The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 outlines that a workplace must provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five employees and to the self-employed.
What is ‘adequate and appropriate’ will depend on the circumstances in the workplace. This includes whether trained first-aiders are needed, what should be included in a first-aid box and if a first-aid room is required. Employers should carry out an assessment of first-aid needs to determine what to provide.
If you need some help determining what to do for your First Aid Needs Assessment then check out the HSE’s website, where they provide in-depth information on what you should consider when conducting a First Aid Needs Assessment.
What Is A First Aider?
A first aider is someone who will have completed training appropriate to what is needed in their workplace. They will have a certificate of competence in either first aid at work, emergency first aid at work or another equivalent qualification.
Employers can use the findings from their First Aid Needs Assessment to determine the level to which first aiders in their workplace should be trained. Emergency first aid at work training allows a first aider to give emergency first aid to a person who is injured or is taken ill while at work. First aid at work training included the emergency first aid at work course content and also enables the first aider to apply first aid to a number of specific injuries and illness.
ll qualified first aiders must attend a two-day requalification course every three years. Guidance from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) also suggests that refresher training taken annually would be beneficial to first aiders and their employers.
Minimum First Aid Provision For A Workplace
The minimum first aid provision for any workplace, outlined by the HSE, is as follows:
- • A suitably stocked first aid kit
- • An appointed person to take charge of first aid arrangements
- • Information for employees about first aid arrangements
It is important to remember that accidents and illness can happen any time, anywhere. Provision for first aid needs to be available at all times people are in the workplace.
First Aid Training Courses In Wirral
At TL Training we offer a range of First Aid courses in Wirral for businesses and individuals. Our selection of courses include the following:
- • 1 Day Emergency First Aid At Work
- • 3 Day First Aid At Work
- • 2 Day First Aid At Work Requalification
- • First Aid Annual Refresher Course
- • 2 Day Paediatric First Aid Course
- • Mental Health First Aid Course
First Aid Training Provider In Wirral
Looking for first aid training for your business in Wirral? Our state-of-the-art training centre in Bromborough is the perfect place to learn first aid, delivered by our professional team of trainers who are all HABC accredited. During one of our first aid courses you will learn the practical skills with hands-on participation and activities.
We offer a complete range of first aid training courses with initial courses to annual refreshers and emergency first aid. You can rest assured knowing that all our first aid courses are compliant with HSE legislation and requirements. Call us today on 0151 343 0588 to learn more. Alternatively, you can email us at [email protected] and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.