Accidents can happen anywhere, including in the workplace. Whether you work in an office, a factory, or any other type of job, it’s essential to be prepared for common workplace injuries. Knowing how to administer basic first aid can make a significant difference in the outcome of an injury. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some common workplace injuries and provide first-aid tips to help you respond effectively, and provide immediate assistance when needed.

Cuts and Abrasions

  • Wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Apply gentle pressure with a clean cloth or bandage to control bleeding.
  • Clean the wound with mild soap and water.
  • Apply an antibiotic ointment.
  • Cover the wound with a sterile dressing or bandage.


  • For minor burns, cool the affected area with cold running water for at least 10 minutes.
  • Cover the burn with a sterile, non-stick dressing or a clean, non-fluffy cloth.
  • Do not use ice or adhesive bandages on burns.

Sprains and Strains

You should utilise the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation):

  • Rest the injured area.
  • Apply ice wrapped in a cloth for 15-20 minutes every 1-2 hours.
  • Use an elastic bandage to compress the area.
  • Elevate the injured limb if possible.


  • Do not try to realign the broken bone.
  • Immobilise the injured area using a splint or a rolled-up newspaper.
  • Apply ice if there is swelling.
  • Seek immediate medical attention.

Eye Injuries

  • For foreign objects in the eye, do not rub the eye.
  • Rinse the eye gently with saline solution or clean water.
  • Cover the eye with a clean, sterile bandage or cloth and seek medical help.

Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

  • For heat exhaustion, move the person to a cooler place and provide water.
  • For heat stroke (a medical emergency), call 999 immediately and cool the person down using any available means, such as ice packs or a cool bath.

Chemical Exposure

  • Immediately flush the affected area with copious amounts of water.
  • Remove contaminated clothing.
  • Seek medical assistance if the exposure is severe or if symptoms develop.

Electric Shock

  • Ensure the power source is off before approaching the injured person.
  • Do not touch the person until the power source is confirmed to be off.
  • Call 999 and provide CPR if necessary.

In Conclusion

Being prepared to provide first aid for common workplace injuries is not only a valuable skill but also a responsible one. While these tips can help in many situations, it is important to remember that first aid is not a substitute for professional medical care. Always seek medical attention for serious injuries or when in doubt.

Additionally, to enhance your knowledge and skills, and to ensure a safer and more prepared workplace for all, consider taking a workplace first aid and CPR training course such as our Accredited Emergency First Aid at Work Course.

Published On: September 6th, 2023