Appropriate first aid training should be given to company employees. In an ideal world all employees would be trained in emergency first aid, however it would not be reasonable to expect employers to train all of their employees in emergency first aid.
Who Requires First Aid Training?
Every organization is different and therefore one company’s first aid requirement is usually different to the next. Employers need to assess their workplace to determine the number of employees requiring training, which courses they need to attend and which employes should be trained.
Number of Employees and Assessment of Risk
If a company employs less than fifty people and the working environment is low risk i.e. an office environment without the use of power tools or forklift trucks etc, they are recommended to nominate at least one Appointed Person for emergency first aid and to train them appropriately on a one day in duration Emergency First Aid for Appointed Persons course which is the minimum standard for the workplace. Employers need to take in to consideration that if only one person is nominated and trained, they should consider the fact that employees sometimes take annual leave and are sometimes absent due to sickness and training days. Employers should have an appointed person on their premises at all times and therefore it is wise to train a second individual or even a third to ensure they are covered at all times.
If a company is high risk category for example a construction company the situation changes as the risk of accidents and injuries increases. It is advisable to assess your workplace for first aid requirements.
In these circumstances the company is recommended to have at least one fully trained First Aider. A qualified first aider is different to an Appointed Person from the perspective that an Appointed Person should not really be administering emergency first aid in the event of an accident but should ring for an ambulance and look after the injured person until the ambulance arrives, whereas a qualified First Aider attends an intensive three day first aid at work course which is approved for the workplace by the health and safety executive (HSE). The three day first aid at work course is much more in depth than the one day Emergency First Aid for Appointed Person and enables the individual to administer first aid in the event of injury or accident.
The health and safety executive govern first aid in the United Kingdom and therefore if you require basic advice on first aid training you can call them directly at which point they will be happy to give you information.