Why every business should introduce First Aid Training for employees
Keeping your employees safe and healthy should be your number one business concern but the most recent data shows that in one year, 61,713 UK employees were injured at work. That’s why it’s crucial to offer first aid training to as many of your employees as you can. This type of training gives people the ability to provide immediate and effective care for any injuries or illnesses that may occur. In this blog post, we’re teaming up with John Bowles from Avanti Training Solutions to explain why it’s so important for every business to provide first aid training for their employees, and how they can go about it.
The bare minimum
“Under HSE guidelines even a small, office-based business must at least have a First Aid box and a named person responsible for First Aid. Workplaces with any degree of risk are obliged to ensure that someone on site is properly trained in this vital area,” John Bowles explains. But what if that individual leaves or is absent from the office? How can you support the rest of your workforce?
Delivering widespread first aid training is the answer.
The benefits of delivering first aid training to every employee
A safer workplace
It seems obvious but if employees are more aware of the risks within the workplace, they’ll take greater care in protecting themselves and others, thereby reducing the number of accidents.
Greater safety at home
By equipping your employees with health and safety knowledge, you’re not just helping them in the workplace; but at home too. John explains, “Knowing first aid could someday help to save the life of a friend or family member. First aid training is especially important for anyone living with someone at risk of cardiac arrest.”
A swifter response to emergencies
“In the event of an emergency, a fast employee response can save lives. Employees trained in first aid will understand the steps to take during an emergency, thanks to increased confidence and preparation. A quick response can also reduce recovery time, leading to less time lost from injuries,” John explains.
Injuries or illnesses that are not managed effectively can have a significant impact on an employee’s ability to work long term. By having employees who are trained in first aid, they can provide immediate care to prevent the condition from worsening, leading to a quicker recovery and higher productivity.
Fostering a positive work environment
“By making first aid training available to employees, employers can show their workforce that they care about providing a safe work environment. First aid training provided in the workplace can even be used as an excellent team-building exercise and morale booster,” John explains. This is because you’re empowering them with the ability to respond quickly and effectively in the event of an emergency. Injuries and illnesses can happen at any time, and having individuals who are trained in first aid can make all the difference.
Potential cost savings
In the event of an injury or illness in the workplace, the cost of medical care can quickly add up. By having individuals who are trained in first aid and can provide immediate care, you can reduce the need for costly medical treatment. Furthermore, having a dedicated first aid team can lead to a reduction in workplace accidents and a decrease in workers’ compensation claims.
A business that prioritises the health and safety of their employees is highly regarded and can attract talented individuals. By introducing first aid training for your employees, you communicate to both your employees and potential recruits that you care about their well-being.
What does first aid training consist of?
First aid training covers a range of topics, including how to recognise and respond to different types of injuries and illnesses, how to perform CPR, and how to use an AED. The training will also include how to report injuries and illnesses at the workplace.
“It’s important for workplaces to have first aid procedures that provide workers with a clear understanding of the first aid facilities at their workplace and consider a worker’s language skills and reading ability,” John adds.
How to introduce first aid training to your workplace
“In order to establish what provision for first aid is required, you should make an assessment of the first aid needs appropriate to the circumstances of your business. This should include consideration of the workplace, the workforce, and the hazards and risks present,” John explains. This guide from the HSE is a very good start.
When determining the right external training courses for first aid, there are four types of provider to consider: a Voluntary Aid Society such as St John Ambulance, British Red Cross or St Andrew’s First Aid; an independent training provider which can prove its competence; a trade body accredited by UKAS; and an official awarding organisation such as Ofqual. John says, “The HSE is not required to approve first aid training and qualifications, so employers are free to choose their own first aid training provider but you are responsible for ensuring the quality of training provider you choose.”
The cost of first aid training varies depending on the type of course and the provider. The cost of a one-day emergency first aid course can range from £50 to £200 per person. While a three-day first aid at work course can cost between £150 and £300 per person. The cost of training can also depend on the location of the training and the number of people being trained. Employers should consider their budget when selecting a training provider.
Introducing first aid training for your employees can have a significant impact on their safety and wellbeing, as well as the productivity and reputation of your business. By investing in your employees’ knowledge and skills, you can provide a safer workplace and promote a culture of care and responsibility. Don’t wait for an emergency to happen before you take action – make first aid training a priority for your business today.
For further information on how to introduce training to your workforce, click here.