First Aid in the Workplace: First Aid Essentials You Need to Know

Did you know that the agriculture and construction sectors have the greatest number of accidents related to the workplace?

The construction industry has one of the highest rates of injury in the workplace

The construction industry has one of the highest rates of injury in the workplace

These sectors are particularly prone to workplace accidents and even deaths, simply because of the equipment that is regularly used and the materials employees and staff are working with. For instance, some common accidents that occur include falls from heights, being hit by a vehicle or a piece of equipment, and the like. This is why it is imperative that your workplace have the means and the knowledge to deal with emergency situations. In fact, it is the employer’s responsibility to have a secure and reliable system that everyone can rely on in case of emergency – i.e., a First Aid Procedure.


The basics of first aid

First aid in the workplace basically refers to whatever arrangements or procedures are put in place to make sure that workers who are injured or become hurt or ill are given the proper (and immediate) care and attention they need, and, in certain cases, emergency service personnel are called. With the proper administration of first aid in any emergency, you can help save lives and even stop minor wounds and injuries from becoming major, more serious injuries.


What you need to accomplish

If you are the owner or manager of a building or construction company or a company involved in this sector, you need to select a person who will be responsible for making sure that a valid and reliable First Aid Procedure is put in place.

First of all, this person should perform a risk assessment in order to know the requirements of the workplace when it comes to first aid. This would include knowing how many people are working in the area and what tasks they are required to do. The person responsible for the procedure should also appoint a number of personnel who will receive proper First Aid training. First Aid training is also not a one-time procedure – it should be maintained and updated every three years.

In addition to regular training, there should also be a room chosen in your workplace or facility which can serve as a First Aid treatment area. This room should be clean and uncluttered. Equipment and provisions for First Aid should also be procured and kept in the First Aid treatment room.

Everyone in the workplace should also be provided with the right information and instructions on whatever arrangements for First Aid are available in your workplace.


Top considerations when making an assessment for First Aid requirements

The person responsible for creating your First Aid procedure will have to make an assessment of all the requirements when it comes to First Aid in your workplace. This assessment should include a detailed knowledge of whatever risks and hazards are in your workplace and the number of workers in your workplace for any given shift or time period. It should also include knowledge regarding the history of emergency incidents or accidents in your workplace as well as the number of structures or buildings you have in the facility or site and where they are in proximity to one another.

The assessment should also include information on the exact location and distance of your workplace from emergency services and the provisions for First Aid that are required and where they will be stored.

Your First Aid kit or box should include all the essentials necessary for dealing with common emergencies, such as a First Aid guide, sterile dressings and eye pads, bandages, safety pins, wound dressings, disposable gloves, and more. Medications and ointments for First Aid treatment should be kept in a separate box.



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Posted on 09 Nov 2015 in News

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