Study Reveals First Aid Training Adds More than Safety to the Workplace

Under health and safety law there needs to be an adequate amount of first aid training and provision in the workplace. But does training offer more than securing the well-being of staff members?
By: Britannia Safety & Training
Jan. 8, 2013 - PRLog -- Having a first aider at work falls into the health and safety requirements of employers. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act all employers must ensure the safety and wellbeing of employees while at work which is why, often, organisations are legally obliged to train staff members to be competent in first aid. Many organisations have their own first aid policy, meaning that a first aid member of staff is available for a certain number of people on site.

As a minimum, depending on the risks associated in the workplace, a first-aid box must be available onsite as well as a specified person to take responsibility of the first-aid arrangements but if it is a high-risk environment, it is likely that a trained first aider is a requirement.

Interestingly, however, a survey recently conducted by the Red Cross suggested those undertaking first-aid training not only feel safer but 85% said that it made them feel happier.

“Training is very often a motivational factor for staff members” says Colin Wright of Britannia Safety and Training, offering first aid training from their Norfolk base. “Not only do staff members feel safer at work, they will also appreciate the fact that an important role has been entrusted with them, increasing morale. And it isn’t only first aid training where we see this effect but across the board with other training courses – from construction courses to HR training and this survey from the Red Cross only supports our suspicions.”

The study from The Red Cross also revealed that a good proportion of the delegates completing first aid training had also used the skills learnt outside of the office environment while at home or out and about in public.

A lack of first aid training can be a matter of life and death. Those important moments while waiting for the emergency services to arrive can make a huge difference for the injured individual, first aid training adds confidence to those administering the treatment, and improves the chances of a full and speedy recovery.

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