First Aider – Who To Choose
How to choose the right person to be a first aider
It is important that employers think carefully about the type of person they ask to become a first aider within the workplace. Here are some important points to consider before making your choice:
Will they be able to cope in an emergency in a calm and confident manner?
Will they be able to make themselves easily available should an emergency occur?
Are they physically able to undertake the duties expected of a first aider? Can they kneel on the floor and carry out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)?
Are they able to absorb and retain new knowledge and skills in a short period of time?
Are they regularly in the office? Will they be available during all business operating hours?
Remember to also plan for back-up first aiders to provide cover when your nominated first aiders are on annual leave or sick leave. You can find further information on needs assessment here.