Providing adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel.
The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five employees and to the self-employed.
What is 'adequate and appropriate'?
This will depend on the circumstances in the workplace. This includes whether trained first-aiders are needed, what should be included in a first-aid box and if a first-aid room is required. Employers should carry out an assessment of first-aid needs to determine what to provide.
The Regulations do not place a legal duty on employers to make first-aid provision for non-employees such as the public or children in schools. However, HSE strongly recommends that non-employees are included in an assessment of first-aid needs and that provision is made for them.
As a minimum, a low-risk workplace such as a small office should have a first-aid box and an appointed person to take charge of first-aid arrangements, such as calling the emergency services if necessary.. Workplaces where there are more significant health and safety risks are more likely to need a trained first-aider.
The first-aid assessment tool
The first-aid needs assessment tool will help employers decide what first aid arrangements are appropriate for their workplace. ABC-Resus Training personnel will work in consultation with you to complete the training needs assessment and determine the level of training required.
ABC-Resus Training provides a variety of first aid at work training dependant on budgets and the need for national accreditation. Feel rest assured that all training is delivered to the highest standard whether national accreditation is required or not. ABC-Resus Training provides you with excellence and quality as standard.
FIRST AID AT WORK COURSE CONTENTS LIST
|Emergency First Aid at Work Level 2||£90||6 HR||Read more...|
First Aid at Work QCF Level 3
|£320||18 HR||Read more...|
Paediatric First Aid QCF Level 2 Full Qual
|£190||18 HR||Read more...|
|Paediatric First Aid||£150||12 HR||Read more...|
FAW Re-qual QCF Level 3
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|Activity First Aid Level 2||£190||12 HR||Read more...|
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What is the difference between QCF Levels of First Aid and non-QCF training?
The QCF qualifications are a choice that an employer may make, they are not mandatory for insurance terms but ensure that quality is present in the training and employers may choose this to ensure they are compliant with the Health & Safety at Work Act and for other quality controls they have such as the ISO scheme. The HSE have released a guide to employers on seeking first aid training which basically states that that Employers are free to choose whomever they wish, but they need to ensure that quality, content and qualifications of the deliverer are up to specification.
They mention that if the Employer chooses QCF qualifications then they need to show no other due diligence, if they choose a non-QCF provider then they need to look into the qualifications of the provider, the resources, course content and suitability. ABC-Resus Training provides quality and excellence as standard whether in delivery of QCF or non-QCF levels of training. Contact ABC-Resus Training for further information.
HSE First Aid Box Low Risk:
As a guide, where work activities involve low hazards, a minimum stock of first-aid items might be:
- First aid leaflet giving general guidance
- 20 sterile plasters (assorted sizes)
- X2 sterile eye pads
- X2 triangular bandages
- X6 safety pins
- X2 large sterile wound dressings
- x6 medium-sized sterile wound dressings
- 3 pairs of disposable gloves