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Do you have the right first aid cover in place for your business? The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide appropriate first aid help so that your staff can receive immediate help if they are injured or taken ill at work. Call today on 0370 118 8000 for your free first-aid needs assessment or to book your first aid course.
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Common Types of Injury in the Workplace
In a low-risk office environment, these are the most common causes of injury. Learn in advance how to respond if an accident occurs in your workplace.
Lacerations, Punctures, Cuts and Tears
These are cases in which there is bleeding from an open wound site.
Sprains and Strains
Injuries to muscles or ligaments often occur in the office or workplace. They can be straightforward to treat.
Bruises and Contusions
Bruises are very common injuries – we often walk or bump into objects and this may cause pain and bruising.
Fractures are broken, cracked, split or shattered bones. They can occur as a result of a fall or other impact.
A fracture injury needs prompt medical attention.
Burns are common and often occur in the workplace. A burn needs to be treated immediately to minimise pain and the risk of complications.
Chemical Burns and Corrosion
Burns caused by acid, alkaline or caustic chemicals can be very damaging and will need immediate medical attention. Burns caused by chemicals can happen at work or any place where you handle chemical materials.
Who’s Responsible for First Aid in Your Workplace?
You are responsible for making sure that your employees receive immediate attention if they are taken ill or are injured at work. Accidents and illness can happen at any time and first aid can save lives and prevent minor injuries from becoming major ones.
An appointed person is a member of staff who has been given the responsibliity to meet the organisation’s first aid requirements.
Responsibilities include maintaining a properly stocked first aid kit and taking charge in an emergency.
A Trained First-Aider
This is someone who has been trained to carry out first-aid. The training could be Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW), First Aid at Work (FAW) or another industry-specific training. An assessment of first-aid needs will establish what provision you need in your workplace.
The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require you to provide adequate and appropriate first-aid equipment, facilities and people so your employees can be given immediate help if they are injured or taken ill at work.
You will need to carry out a first aid needs assessment in order to establish what is ‘adequate and appropriate’ for your place of work.
Some small and or low-risk workplaces may need only the minimum provision for first aid. However, there are circumstances and factors that will mean you need greater provision. A first aid needs assessment will help you ascertain your needs.
Where your first-aid needs assessment identifies that a trained first-aider is not required in your workplace, there is the minimum requirement to appoint someone to take charge of first-aid arrangements should an injury or illness occur.
The role of this appointed person includes looking after first-aid equipment and facilities and calling the emergency services when required. They can also provide emergency cover where a first-aider is absent due to unforeseen circumstances (annual leave does not count).
An appointed person is not necessary where there are an adequate number of appropriately trained first-aiders.