What’s Involved in a First Aid Training Course?

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In the event of an accident at home or at work, would you know what to do?

In the UK it is a legal requirement for every employer to make adequate and appropriate first aid provision for their workforce which may include supplies, training and procedures. Additionally, first aid training is a valuable asset for any individual who wishes to be equipped to deal with minor and major incidents that could occur in their everyday lives. There are many providers of certified first aid courses in the Midlands including St John Ambulance and Just Training in Leicester; each offering a variety of courses at different levels to provide this vital training and more.

Courses for Every First Aid Need

The first aid courses available are tailored towards specific needs, be that of the workplace, schools or for members of the public. Under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 and guidance documents L74 and GEIS this is a legal requirement for workplaces and therefore a priority for both new and existing organisations of all sizes.

General first aid at work courses which cover the essentials of first aid are available on a 3 or 1 day course, depending on the size of the organisation and the level of risk to employees. Instructors explain the role of a first aider and how to manage an emergency as well as how to deal with minor and serious injuries such as bleeding, burns and resuscitation. Continue reading “What’s Involved in a First Aid Training Course?”

The Benefits Of First Aid Training For Employees

For anyone working in any business, first aid could genuinely be a life saving skill when you least expect it. However, don’t make the mistake of thinking that random life-threatening situations are the only reason to go on a professional course to learn about emergency first aid.

There are many more benefits which could help you or employees in your workplace, and businesses should consider these. We have spoken to the experts at First Aid Training & Event Cover, who provide first aid training in Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool, to come up with this list which covers just a few of those benefits.

1) Cut down on accidents

Unnecessary accidents in the workplace can be dangerous, plus they cost time and money. Often, observing simple health and safety guidelines can eliminate risks and prevent these from ever happening. As such, someone trained to be responsible for enforcing these guidelines could be a valuable asset.

2) Prevent people from panicking

If people don’t know what to do, they will often freeze instead and do nothing. Worse still, they could panic and make mistakes. This wastes valuable time in an emergency and can even contribute to unnecessary deaths. Training on what techniques may be useful and when it is appropriate to use them can give people a lot more confidence about offering help.

3) Provide better emergency treatment

Of course, an obvious advantage which we already mentioned is that someone qualified to provide first aid in the case of an emergency or severe injury could literally save lives. It is important for managers and employers to do all they can to ensure the safety of their employees or colleagues, and first aid training from a professional expert could be an excellent step.

4) Help people outside of work

Your employees won’t forget everything they learn about health and safety when they leave work, as long as they have been taught proper techniques and procedures which can be applied to multiple situations. This means you are helping to protect them and others in their daily lives outside of the workplace.

5) Build better relationships

Training in itself can be a very beneficial experience when done as a group. This can help colleagues learn new ways of interacting and communicating more effectively. Since first aid is all about thinking quickly and acting responsibly, these qualities could be beneficial when applied to other areas of life and work.

6) Make good use of equipment and supplies

You may have first aid kits and other medical supplies on site, but nobody actually qualified to use them or even know when they are appropriate. This is highly inefficient and could lead to severe consequences in unforeseen circumstances. Proper training equips people to make use of the resources they have available.

£20,000 Fine for Cafe Over Health and Safety Failures

Health and safety policies may be common sense to many business owners, but for those attempting to cut corners they’re sometimes seen as simply an inconvenience. Fortunately for the peace of mind of the general public, one cafe owner in Southend recently learned the hard way that breaking the law comes with consequences after being slapped with fines totalling over £20,000.

The Crown Cafe, situated on Southchurch Road, failed a routine inspection last August which was conducted by the local council. Environmental health professionals who attended the cafe reported that the kitchen had no facilities for employees to wash their hands while working, no documentation was provided to support safe handling of food, and the electricity supply was in a dangerous state of disrepair.

Following the initial visit, repeat visits were made twice in the subsequent month. Officials found that nothing had been done to rectify the problems, which represented a severe breach of health and safety laws. In a relatively unusual turn of events, action was then pursued by the council over the course of a year which eventually resulted in the cafe’s owner being found guilty of three offences in court. Continue reading£20,000 Fine for Cafe Over Health and Safety Failures