At the start of this guide (part 1 and part 2), we looked at what should be included in a first aid kit and where businesses should be looking to keep their first aid kits. Now we come to one of the most important pieces of advice – how to use a first aid kit.
Many first aid kits, such as those marked with a British Standard label, are designed to be as easy to use as possible. So, in an emergency, anyone can use the kit to give aid to an ill or injured person. However, it is recommended that only trained first aiders use first aid kits in the workplace, to ensure that injuries are dealt with properly and the business is not liable if something goes wrong.
It is a legal requirement for workplaces to have trained first aiders, meaning employees who have been on a first aid training course and who have been named as the designated first aiders for the business. A first aid in the workplace training course does not take very long to complete, but it can give you invaluable skills and knowledge that could save lives. You may even want to undergo first aid training even if you aren’t the designated first aider in your workplace.