Has your organisation excelled in first aid?

This month we’re celebrating companies that have gone the extra mile to make their workplaces safer environments. Whether they have purchased a lifesaving AED, invested in a new team of first aiders or simply revised their first aid and health and safety procedures – it’s time to shine a light on their efforts and see how you could become the next Organisation of the year?

Each year our charity St Andrews First Aid hosts the Scottish First Aid Awards, an event that celebrates both individuals and organisations across Scotland who have delivered first aid excellence. Our favourite categories are the Small Organisation of the Year and Large Organisation of the Year featuring businesses who have taken that extra step to secure a safe working environment for staff and the communities they belong to.
Let’s have a look at last year’s winners:

Small Organisation of the Year 2016
Winners: George Nicolson Decorators
George Nicholson Decorators consider first aid to be an essential part of their training programme and ensure staff always have current first aid certification in place. The company has invested in an AED and have a sign outside their building to advise members of the public that they have a defibrillator on their premises. George Nicolson also supports Lucky2bhere, a charity who place defibrillators and deliver emergency life support training to communities throughout Scotland.
Nominees: Glen Oaks Housing

Large Organisation of the Year 2016
Winners: Iberdrola Engineering and Construction
The health and safety of its employees is one of Iberdrola Engineering and Construction’s core values. They invest heavily in health and safety and have provided Emergency First Aid training to more than 100 employees during 2016. Their first aid room is also equipped with a defibrillator, going above and beyond the legal first aid requirement. The organisation also holds an annual first aid conference and competition for all its First Aiders and the group meets every quarter to discuss how to keep improving their first aid training and requirements.
Nominees: NFU Mutual, T.O.M Vehicle Rental

What can you do to improve?

1) Invest in an Automatic External Defibrillator and place it outside your office building in a protective storage box. This means it can be easily accessed by employees and members of the public if a cardiac arrest should occur nearby. 1 in 20 causalities who suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest survive, with over 3,500 occurring in Scotland alone each year.
2) Make sure each employee has the basic skills to save a life with online first aid training at £30 inc VAT a head. It is not seen as cost-effective to place every member of staff on a qualifying first aid course, however at St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies Ltd we are proud to say each member of our team from admin to sales is fully first aid trained.
Why not invest our alternative courses- online first aid training? These courses do not qualify the candidate as an individual but instead offer basic lifesaving skills and access to an advice portal for 12 months.
3) Regularly update and refresh your first aider’s knowledge. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) skills fade can occur as little time as 6 months after initial training; the HSE recommend our Annual Update course as a way to combat this issue.
4) Make sure your team have the equipment they need. Does your risk assessment show that you need an evacuation chair? When was the last time you replenished the office first aid kit? Our online store is filled with St Andrew’s First Aid quality assured products combined with an online chat feature to consult with our friendly sales team if need.

In the past year we’ve seen particular customers take leaps and bounds in their first aid excellence by investing in more first aid training than ever before.
Well done to:

Edinburgh Dungeon
Edinburgh City Council
Tollcross Housing Association
Celtic Plc
Rhodar Scotland
Clark Construction Ltd
R & A Group Services.

Each of our customers contributes to our goal to make Scotland a safer place; safe to say we are looking forward to see who wins a place at this year’s Scottish First Aid Awards.
Applications for this year’s nominees are open June 2017.
Could it be you?

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