As a consequence of the legislation set out by the Health and Safety Executive, the requirement to provide first aid in our business has been given a much higher profile. In practice, your ongoing commitment to first aid training will be seen as a measure of your concern for staff wellbeing, and you can be confident that accidents, injuries and health problems will be treated promptly and effectively. The parallel economic benefit for your business will see sick or injured staff restored to work with minimum disruption and efficient action from a trained first aider.
Basically employers need to asses the following when deciding what provision of first aid cover to provide.
- Workplace hazards and risks
- The size of the organisation
- The organisation's history of accidents
- The nature and distribution of the workforce
- The remoteness of the site from emergency medical services
- The needs of travelling, remote and lone workers
- Employees working on shared or multi-occupied sites
- Annual leave and other absences of first aiders and appointed persons
The Health and Safety Executive sets out these reccomendations to reduce the effects of injury or illness suffered at work, either caused by the work itself or by some factor outside the employer's control. First aid provision must be 'adequate and appropriate in the circumstances'. This means that sufficient first aid personnel and facilities should be available.
Your Site Audit Form
Please download and complete the site audit form below to help guide you on your first aid supplies requirements. If you are not sure what you require, you can fax the completed audit form to our contact centre on: 01698 354 660 and they will be delighted to help with your first aid product selection. Alternatively you can send to Wallace Cameron, FAO Contact Centre (Audit Form), 26 Netherhall Road, Netherton Ind. Estate, Wishaw ML2 0JG.