Many people are unsure about who to turn to should they require first aid at work. It is an employer’s responsibility to establish whether their business requires the appointment and training of a first-aider in their premises.
It is also the employer’s responsibility to ensure that first-aid equipment is kept available to employees, and that the contents of any first-aid box are maintained and kept up to date.
It is equally important, however, to make sure that all employees are aware of the provisions made for first aid at work. Prompt action is always essential in the event of an accident or injury, and if employees do not know where to look or who to ask, the delay can have grave consequences.
So, when you appoint your first-aider, or the appointed person responsible for maintaining and managing the first aid kit, you need to make sure:
• That they have received the relevant and adequate first aid training, and participate in regular refresher courses.
• That they understand how to manage and maintain first aid facilities.
• Make sure that all employees know who to approach in the case of an accident in the workplace.