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Friday, 10 December 2010

Guest Blog

Andrew Billington of Action Training Services Ltd

How Many First Aiders Do I Need?

Below are the three points you should consider when deciding your First Aid needs:

1. Category of risk

2. Numbers employed at any location

3. Suggested number of first aid personnel

Now follow the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) recommendations listed. These will depend on the risk and nature of your business:

Your guide to carrying out a First Aid Needs Assessment

As you may be aware, the Health and Safety Executive’s (New) First Aid at Work Guidelines came into effect on October 1st 2009. A First Aid Assessment will identify the type of First Aid training your first aiders require and, most importantly, how many first aiders you will need and where they should be located.

You should consider the following topics in a First Aid Needs Assessment:

• The nature of the work, the hazards and risks

• The nature of the workforce

• The organisation’s history of accidents and illness

• The needs of travelling, remote and lone workers

• Work patterns such as shift or night work

• The distribution of the work force

• The available access to emergency medical services

• Employees working on multi-occupied or shared sites

• Annual leave and absences of first aiders

• Where relevant, the organisation’s first aid provision for non-employees.

The Nature of the Work, the hazards and risks.

One of the more complicated areas of the new first aid needs assessment is considering ‘the nature of the work’ and the ‘hazards and risks’. You should consider the risks and identify potential injuries in order to ensure that sufficient first aid provision is provided. The information opposite identifies some common workplace risks and possible injuries (compiled from information supplied by the Health and Safety Executive). Please note the above is not comprehensive and does not cover all risks that could occur in the workplace.

RISK - POSSIBLE INJURIES REQUIRING FIRST AID

Slip and Trip Hazards - Fractures, lacerations, sprains and strains

Manual Handling - Fractures, lacerations, sprains and strains

Machinery - Crush injuries, amputations, fractures, lacerations, eye injuries

Workplace Transport - Crush injuries, amputations, fractures, lacerations, eye injuries

Work at Height - Fractures, sprains and strains, spinal injuries, head injury, loss of consciousness
Electricity - Electric shocks, burns

Chemicals - Poisoning, loss of consciousness, burns, eye injuries.

Please remember that appropriate cover should be made to facilitate any planned staff absences as the legislation applies all the time that an employee is at work i.e. Annual Leave of your first aiders etc.

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