Accidents happen, but although life-threatening and major incidents are rare in the workplace, minor injuries and illnesses are not!
The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 state that “employers are required to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five employees and to the self-employed.”
Having an appointed person to take charge in a situation, or the right number of employees on hand to offer immediate emergency assistance or administer basic first aid treatment, is important to, not only, meet the needs of your individual business, but to make sure that you meet your legal obligations.
Once you have identified a need for first-aiders in your organisation, you need to give them the skills required! They will need to achieve a certificate of competence in First Aid At Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid At Work (EFAW) – both are valid for three years. These qualifications can only be offered by training companies approved by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).
It is good practice, and strongly recommended, that first-aiders keep their skills up-to-date and stay informed of any changes to first aid procedures by undertaking an annual First Aid Update course. This is a half day programme which can be attended each year during any three-year EFAW/FAW certification period.
Saracen Solutions provide OFQUAL accredited training in:
- 1 Day Emergency First Aid (FAW)
- 2 Day Paediatric First Aid
- 3 Day First Aid at Work (EFAW)
- 2 Day First Aid at Work Re-Qualification
- Half Day Refresher courses
- Family First Aid Awareness
We can also provide:
- Mental Health Awareness Training
- Needlestick Awareness Training
Contact us today – we will advise you on the type of first aid training that best suits your business
Your first consultation is free and with no obligation!