If a company employees 50 or more people, there is a legal requirement for there to be an appropriate number of first aiders in the workplace. But before you volunteer yourself for a new role, you probably want to know a little bit more about what being a first aider involves.
What Is A First Aider?
A first aider is an appointed member of staff who attends first aid training with a training centre that has been approved by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). They will then be expected to take responsibility for a number of procedures relating to first aid in the workplace.
What Would I Have To Do?
As a first aider you would need to attend either first aid training or emergency first aid training, depending on the results of a needs assessment that should be carried out by your employer. It is recommended that you attend refresher training each year to ensure that your knowledge, skills and confidence remain strong when providing first aid.
You would then be expected to attend any accidents or incidents that occurred at work, and either administer first aid yourself (if it is within your training and capabilities), or to arrange for professional medical attention to be arranged.
You would also need to fill out the appropriate incident forms and partake in any risk assessment procedures that might take place following an accident. Another duty that often falls to the first aider is to monitor the levels of first aid supplies and notifying the relevant person when new stock is required.
Here at Jigsaw Medical Services we are proud to be an HSE and edexcel approved first aid training centre working across the UK. To find out more about how we can help you to learn a practical skill that can help you to deal with an emergency either in or out of work environments, contact us today.
For more information on how we can support your medical requirements, please contact us on: 01829 732 615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org