Posted on: Monday 25th June 2012
St Andrew's First Aid has today (25th June 2012) launched a new commercial division which aims to consolidate its position as Scotland's leading first aid provider by increasing its share of the work related training market in Scotland, which is worth approximately £6 million a year.
The new division will employ 25 people and aims to generate a turnover of £1.4 million in its first year of operation.
The move is designed to equip the Charity for any potential changes to first aid at work legislation following the outcome of the Lofstedt Review, the Westminster government’s independent review into health and safety.
The newly appointed managing director of the Commercial Division, Mary McLuskey said: “We don’t yet know what the outcomes from Lofstedt will be but we and our partners, the British Red Cross and St John’s Ambulance are all participating in regular meetings with the HSE. We have been a trusted and reliable provider of education, training and supplies for some years but by forming our commercial division now, we will set the standard in Scotland in workplace first aid for the future.”
There were 10,135 reported injuries to employees in Scotland last year and 2.1 million working days were lost due to work related injury and ill-health. Fifteen workers were fatally injured at work but this figure does not include deaths of people who became ill at work and could have been saved by first aid intervention.
Recent research has shown that four in five businesses admit shortcomings in their first aid training and cover, resulting in over 1000 fines being issued last year alone.
All profits from the commercial division will support the wider aims of the charity which is to increase Scotland’s first aid skills and save lives.
In line with these aims, St Andrew’s First Aid believe that work related training has a much wider impact on society than simply meeting legislative requirements.
Mary McLuskey explains: “First aid skills are transferable and can save lives outside of work making communities more “resilient”. First aiders can come to the assistance of anyone who suddenly falls ill or is injured by applying life saving techniques and the role of trained first aiders at the scenes of natural disasters, accidents and terrorist attacks are well documented.
“We believe companies should view first aid training of employees not as a legislative burden but as part of their commitment to corporate social responsibility and community resilience. After all, what can be more socially responsible than helping to save a life?”