First aid in the workplace.
Under the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 employers have a legal duty to make arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.
Employers should consider the nature of the work they do, the workplace, the workforce, and the hazards and risks present in order to ensure that first aid provision is ‘adequate and appropriate in the circumstances’.
- Ensure first aid provision, equipment and facilities are adequate and appropriate.
- Ensure qualified and trained persons are available at all times.
- Comply with Safety Signs and Signal Regulations.
- Provide suitable training for first aiders
- Ensure suitable and sufficient first-aid materials and equipment.
Factors to consider when selecting someone to take the role of a first-aider;
- Reliability, disposition and communication skills.
- Aptitude and ability to absorb new knowledge and learn new skills.
- Ability to cope with stressful and physically demanding emergency procedures.
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