So over the last few months we have enjoyed supplying First Aid training and advice to a variety of sectors: Nursing homes, construction, schools, individual therapists/dance teachers and children. Through these tainings we have found that there are some industries that have a relaxed mind when it comes to First Aid and their responsibilities to themselves, their employees and the public.
It is amazing to believe that there were 72.702 Non-fatal injuries to employees reported 2015/16 in Great Britain !! (Source RIDDOR)
30.4 million Working days lost due to work-related illness and non-fatal workplace injuries in 2015/16 (HSE)
4.8 Billion Annual costs of workplace injury. (HSE)
The HSE have reported that there are still workplace accidents that result in fatal injuries:
In 2016/17 there were over a hundred fatal injuries in the uk: 31 struck by moving vechicle, 25 of those falls from height and 21 of those were struck by moving (including flying/falling) object. Although these are considerably lower than previous years.
I ask the question why not even lower?
Because there maybe ........
- Lack of training
- Lack of understanding of procedures
- Lack of supervision
- Lack of communication
- Lack of human/training resources
- Lack of time
My words were - how can we change this ?
It is amazing to think that many companies we train with think that what the HSE suggestions regarding how many First Aid equipment/training/ personnel doesnt apply to them !
See below HSE suggested fiqures.
Suggested numbers of first-aid personnel to be available at all times people are at work
Low-hazard, eg offices, shops, libraries
Fewer than 25 At least one appointed person
25–50 At least one first-aider trained in EFAW
More than 50 At least one first-aider trained in FAW for every 100 employed (or part thereof)
Higher-hazard, eg light engineering and assembly work, food processing, warehousing, extensive work with dangerous machinery or sharp instruments, construction, chemical manufacture
Fewer than 5 At least one appointed person
5–50 At least one first-aider trained in EFAW or FAW depending on the type of injuries that might occur
More than 50 At least one first-aider trained in FAW for every 50 employed (or part thereof)
NB This table refers to FAW and EFAW – but you may choose some other level of training appropriate for your circumstances.
............ Please take the time to risk assess the business First Aid Needs regardless whether your are the employee or employer in construction or a one to one therapist. How would you feel if you went into a bank (for example) where they only had an appointed person (only responsible for calling an ambulance when needed and restocking the First Aid kit/equipment !!) and you have a cardic arrest !
So many employers dont follow suggested HSEguidelines becuase it is suggested !!
what if something happens to you !!
My words were how can we change this ?
If you are an employer or an employee take control !
- Make sure you have or there is someone on site at all time that is trained to give first aid and knows how to manage an emergency situation.
- Make sure there are enough First Aid provision available- AED if risk Assessed that there is a need, First Aid kit with equipment that is in date ! and this is checked and documented on a monthly basis (BANADAGES DO GO OUT OF DATE !)
- There is a plan in place for an emergency situation, who calls the ambulance/completes paperwork and the clear up process afterwards.
- Incidents and Accidents are documented correctly and any actions followed up and any RIDDOR reporting is completed.
- Communicate both ways
- Make sure effective training is completed and reviewed and updated
- Manager - employee Supervision is taken seriously and Health and Safety is discussed during every Supervision meetings.