First aid training for all employees is highly recommended for increased safety and the prevention of illness or injury in the workplace. Most importantly it is a legal requirement as a company to ensure your employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.
As an employer you must have in place adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to deal with emergency situations to provide first aid before further (professional) support arrives. To get a better understanding of how first aid training will assist your business and your employees, please consider these benefits:
- It can save lives
This is, of course, the key reason for first aid.
However first aid training will give your staff the confidence and ability to react immediately to an incident, injury or illness. CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) for example, has been reported time and again to have saved lives, due to fast reaction and CPR aid given during critical and life threatening accidents, injuries or health complications in the workplace.
- It can reduce accidents
When staff go through first aid training, they become more safety conscious and can spot hazards and potential incidents before they occur. They will be more alert to their environment and able to raise issues more quickly when they understand the risks and dangers. This awareness helps reduce the number of accidents that occur in the workplace through diligence and knowledge.
- It gives your employees confidence and clarity during an emergency situation
First aid training doesn’t just teach your staff how to treat patients in need of first aid, it also gives them the confidence to effectively manage an emergency situation without fear or confusion.
- First aid kits are controlled, accessible and used properly
Not only will your employees know exactly what should be in the first aid kit and be able to maintain it properly, they’ll be able to use them effectively in an emergency. They will know where to access it quickly – again saving time and reducing the impact of the illness or injury.
- It can reduce recovery time
Rapid reaction to illness or injury, before further aid such as an ambulance arrives can not only save lives, but also reduce recovery time of the patient. If that patient is a member of staff, that means they’ll be back to work quicker, with less impact on the business.
- A life skill that can keep your employees and others safe away from the workplace
It’s not just in the workplace where first aid training is important – employees will have those skills for life, especially topped-up with 3 yearly ongoing refresher courses. This means they can administer first aid to themselves, their family and friends and the general public effectively in an emergency.
- It’s a great team-building exercise
When your staff gets the opportunity to learn new skills together, ones that will help them look after each other, it can create a strong bond and team ethic. Health and safety at work can be described as many things but “by looking after each other, you look after yourself” is as good a definition as we know!