What is Emergency First Aid at Work?

Emergency First Aid at Work

Emergency First Aid at Work is a course of action in the event of an emergency. The course is designed to give you skills and knowledge about how to deal with an emergency situation, whether minor or major, sudden or slow-onset.

Taught by a skilled and experienced instructor, the course will give you all the confidence required to act in an emergency situation. It will also help you meet your legal requirement under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 as amended.

First Aid at Work is an independently recognised qualification in the United Kingdom. It is a requirement for a range of jobs in certain industries, particularly those that involve close contact with or responsibility for members of the public. It is intended to give the trainee a basic knowledge of first aid and how to deal with medical emergencies.

The course will cover the following topics:

* An understanding of workplace safety in relation to first aid

* How to recognise medical emergencies

* How to assess an emergency situation

* The steps to take before calling an ambulance

* Resuscitation techniques including CPR and choking

* Bandaging wounds and broken bones

* Emergency treatment for burns, bites, stings and allergic reactions

* The use of medicines and equipment, including Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs)

The Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate provides the legal minimum required for most employers in England and Wales but some employers may require more training depending on their industry. If your employer requires more than this, it is worth checking with them if you have any doubts about your qualification.

You are at work when you get injured and this can be an emergency situation. Even though you might be worried about your job, the workplace could be dangerous and you should know what to do if something happens to you or a colleague.

The law says that employers must make sure there is enough first aid equipment to deal with any reasonably foreseeable injuries that could happen in the workplace. For example, if you work in a busy office, there should be bandages available for people who might have minor cuts or scrapes from desks, chairs or filing cabinets.**

What should I do if I am injured?

You must tell someone straightaway. Your employer must have a system in place on how to deal with an injury at work and you need to follow it. If you don’t, it could put your health at risk and damage your claim for compensation if you make a personal injury claim for compensation.

If there is no first aid equipment available, call someone who can help – such as your manager, supervisor or safety representative – and ask them to get the first aid equipment (or get help) needed immediately.