Organisations of all sizes (from the self-employed to companies employing many thousands of people) must have the trained staff, the proper equipment and the appropriate facilities to provide immediate attention to anyone who is taken ill or suffers an injury at a place of business (Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981).
The obligations surrounding first aid in the work place are statutory and can take some time to understand, but it is essential to understand them for the sake of your employees and your business. The Regulations include the level of training your first aid personnel should receive, the contents of your first aid box(es), and whether you should have a dedicated first aid facility.
Your first responsibility to first aid is to complete a comprehensive assessment of what you should provide. Would you know how to conduct a first aid requirements assessment? Do you know how to assess the risk of hazards in your work environment and provide the appropriate level of first aid training and equipment?
The New Directions CIEH Emergency First Aid at Work programme enables employers and, once completed, their trained staff members to act as the onsite first aider. We teach the roles of the first aider, how to assess risk, how to assess an incident, comprehensive casualty management, and a variety of treatments for anticipated medical situations in your work environment.
For staff who have already undertaken a first aid course, we also offer the necessary refresher training to ensure that essential first aid skills are maintained with practical and hands-on real-life scenarios.
If you operate a pre-school or business that cares for children up to the age of five, you are subject to the statutory framework for the early year’s foundation stage:
“At least one person who has a current paediatric first aid certificate must be on the premises and available at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings. Child-minders, and any assistant who might be in sole charge of the children for any period of time, must hold a current paediatric first aid certificate.”
At New Directions our CIEH Paediatric First Aid (Level 2) training course is a two day programme designed to give you and your employees the knowledge and skills needed to meet these essential requirements. We teach how to record accidents, how to ensure your first aid box is always available, what the appropriate contents of your first aid box should be, and how to treat a comprehensive range of injuries and accidents, ailments, seizures, and resuscitation and recovery techniques.
New Directions Training can help to fill the training void for all your first aid requirements. We take away the inconvenience of staying up-to-date with the latest first aid legislation and ensure you; your staff and your organisation meet all of the obligatory legal requirements. Our first aid courses are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and our Emergency First Aid at Work, and Paediatric First Aid courses are Ofqual regulated and, once completed, provide QCF credits. For further information please contact any of our dedicated first aid training team at your nearest regional office.