Why make first aid a priority?

New financial year? When it comes to budget planning and cost savings, normally training is the first victim of the dreaded ‘red pen’ but it is time to make first aid a priority.

St Andrew's First Aid Training & Supplies Ltd - Jim DormanOperations and Policy Director Jim Dorman explains why first aid training must be at the top of your ‘must keep’ list.

First aid training is a legislative requirement for workplaces and the minimum number of first aiders is calculated by considering various factors including the number of employees, the risk assessment, layout of the site and the profile of the workforce. The health and safety of employees must be uppermost when it comes to making decisions regarding training budgets and that it why I always urge those people who set budgets to keep first aid training immune from any pruning of costs.

Medical emergencies can occur at any time and it is imperative that there is someone available to provide first aid confidently and as quickly as possible. Never put yourself in a position that an employee’s health and well-being suffers because a couple of hundred pounds had to be saved somewhere.

In 2015/16:

• 144 workers were killed as a result of a workplace accident. (RIDDOR)
• An estimated 621,000 workers sustained a non-fatal injury at work according to self-reports. (Labour Force Survey – LFS).

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. These regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five employees and to the self-employed.

In November 2016 we partnered up with YouGov to conduct a survey on whether Scottish adults thought first aid training should be a legal requirement for their role.

The results demonstrated that first aid knowledge is a high priority and there is a significant need for training.

76% of Scottish adults said they would not feel confident using a defibrillator.
51% said they would not feel confident delivering chest compressions and rescue breaths.

We are so confident that we provide all of our students with the appropriate skills to be competent First Aiders that they are automatically included free of charge under our ‘Associate Membership Insurance’ cover when they successfully complete their course.

Our trainers/assessors are professionally qualified and jointly certified by SQA and St Andrew’s First Aid. We guarantee an excellent learning experience each and every time you attend one of our courses by making First Aid fun and easy to learn.

Candidates will spend large amounts of their time during their course focusing on the practical skills required to be a First Aider to ensure they have the ability to deal with a variety of minor and major emergencies. This ensures that all candidates work through the fundamental elements of First Aid and basic life support several times, building competence and confidence in each new skill.

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