First Aid in the Workplace: Are You Prepared?
An estimated 611,000 workers in Britain were injured at work during 2014/2015 alone – that’s a lot of people requiring urgent medical attention. If you found yourself attending to a colleague’s injury or illness, would you know what to do and how to help?
A Duty of Care
We don’t want to bore you with the ins and outs of legislation but it’s worth knowing that the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 requires all employers to make arrangements to ensure that employees receive immediate medical attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.
As accredited providers of first aid courses, one question we often get asked is:
Which First Aid course is the most appropriate for the workplace?
Simply put, you have 2 options. The Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work or the Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work.
Ultimately, this decision has to come from the employer, but it is based on the result of a first aid needs assessment carried out in the workplace. This assessment determines the level of risk, which primarily looks at the workforce and what hazards they are exposed to. From this, appropriate first aid provisions can be put in place.
Although we can’t make the decision, we can advise businesses on the course that is most applicable to their place of work.
What to Expect
Both courses equip First Aiders with the essentials skills they need to give safe, prompt and effective first aid in an emergency situation, as well highlighting their roles and responsibilities. The Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work course, lasts 3 days, and covers a lot more ground than the Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work, which is completed in a day.
The 3-day course covers incidents that are more likely to happen in a high-risk working environment such as construction, engineering and manufacturing. This also applies to organisations which employ a large workforce. The 1-day course is sufficient for low-risk working environments or companies with smaller workforces such as offices, retail outlets and libraries.
Upon completion of either of the courses, First Aiders will remain qualified for 3 years and be awarded an accredited Ofqual regulated certificate. After the 3 years is up, there are various options to requalify, as well as the annual First Aid at Work Annual Refresher Qualification designed to allow qualified First Aiders to update their skills until requalification training is required. It is optional but as it’s only a half day course, it comes highly recommended.
An Exciting Collaboration
If you want to feel confident that you can deal with a medical emergency in your workplace, now is your chance…we are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with City Training Services in the centre of Bradford, who are recognised as one of the region’s largest and most successful training providers of on-the-job training and apprenticeships, to run both the Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work and the Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work.
Typically, those that attend the courses have been asked to do so by their employer but we will be running them as public courses, so that anybody wishing to book a place, as an individual or a group, can attend.
With courses starting as early as June and running until December, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. For a full list of dates, times and prices, as well as information on other courses run by GEM Compliance Training Ltd, please visit www.gemcompliancetraining.co.uk/publiccourses
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We also have a First Aid Requirements Calculator online tool that allows you to simply and accurately calculate how many first aiders you need and the level of training they require. Please click on the image to the right.