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It is an understood fact that workplace safety, especially concerning workers’ health, their safe working environment, and occupational hazards, is mandatory with strict legal compliance norms. This is valid for any business, irrespective of its type or location, in the UK. These safety norms, if not followed, can be treated as a severe offence. 

Usually, an office generally tends to seem like a safe place to work. However, there are always certain risks that are invisible. Accidents can occur in the blink of an eye (and without warning). If this were to happen, what actions would need to be taken? Who in the office can tend to the affected workers correctly and professionally? Is there a trained person to cater to the immediate help, as required? 

These are a few of the relevant fields which need to be addressed by all businesses and workplaces. 

What Is First Aid? 

Simply put, it is the initial or immediate help required to be given to somebody who has met with an accident or an injury or has suddenly fallen ill. First aid is the immediate assistance that is needed for the patient. This comprises a few reasonably simple methods and techniques that can be executed using some essential equipment. This is the help extended to the patient till professionally qualified assistance arrives or till the patient is taken to the closest health centre or clinic. In all businesses and workplaces, the provision of First Aid has been made a mandatory requirement, thus making it legal compliance for facilitating all workers and employees to receive immediate assistance and attention in the event of an adverse situation. 

It is now an absolute must for every office, factory or workplace to comply with health and safety regulations. Adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and people are to be made available by employers to extend immediate help and attention to workers or employees if they get injured or fall ill at work. It is now part of the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 statute, which applies to all types of workplaces, irrespective. Therefore, it has become necessary for all companies and employers to complete an assessment of respective workplaces through which they are expected to identify the potential risks and possible occupational hazards. Based on such evaluation and information, first aid tools, kits, provisions and equipment, first aid training to designated departmental staff, and clearly visible displays of specific instruction placards are to be implemented.

Why Do Businesses Need First Aiders?

Not everybody is an expert in imparting assistance or help in the event of an emergency or accident. Companies, therefore, require workers to be trained in basic first aid. Such training depends typically on the job specifics and potentially identifiable risks in that area of work. However, it becomes critically important to have an advanced level of first aid training in high-risk areas like factories, project sites, external physical working sites and heavy equipment operation areas. In such places, almost all the workers are expected to be trained in first aid. To that effect, many workers in machine shops and industrial areas are fully trained in first aid. Adequate first aid training can be sought from experts like to ensure proper safety and occupational hazard awareness in the workplace at all times. 

With the recent global Covid-19 pandemic having wreaked havoc worldwide, the entire first aid provision has conceptually gone through a metamorphosis. This pandemic has thrown open unforeseen dangers and calamities, forcing people to look at new ways of living and working in a different safety paradigm. Now, every individual must ensure compliance to the updated safety measures on how to be safe and then how to extend first aid to others, keeping in mind the deadly nature of infectious diseases and the outcomes.

Accidents never announce their arrival, but if there are adequately trained people and there is access to the right first aid equipment, the occurrence of high fatality can also be brought down. Trained first aiders can help ensure that : 

  • Provision of immediate assistance to people during emergencies and accidents is made available.
  • First Aiders become saviours for injuries, health-related issues, or if there has been an accident.

The trained first aider proves to be valuable immediate support. While this may appear to be the most apparent reason, it is a known fact, the world over, that first aid can save lives. While there are more reasons why businesses should train staff in first aid like insurance, mandates, and more, it is apparent that saving lives matters more. 

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