Trained First Aiders can save lives, and it’s difficult to overestimate their importance both in and outside of the workplace.
Although the most common incidents are minor, trained first aiders can be the difference between life and death.
It’s a legal requirement for employers to have first aid arrangements in place in the workplace.
What is First Aid?
First Aid refers to the emergency, temporary care that is administered to those who’ve suffered injuries or sudden illness until medical help arrives. Emergency intervention by first aiders has three priorities: preserving life, preventing deterioration, and promoting recovery.
First Aiders can intervene in almost every situation where an injury has occurred; from minor cuts, grazes, and bruises to life-threatening incidents such as choking, head injuries, and heart attacks.
In the UK, thousands of people die or are seriously injured every year in accidents and incidents. Many fatalities can be avoided by the swift provision of first aid before emergency services arrive.
Why have First Aiders in the workplace?
All employers are required by law to have First Aiders as per The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations,1981.
All employers must make arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. This includes carrying out a risk assessment, appointing a suitable number of first aiders and providing appropriate first aid training.
Having workers trained in first aid is vitally important for the safety of all members of staff and their skills enable them to assist those who suffer illness and accidents both inside and outside the workplace.
First Aid Courses at the National Training Centre, Denbigh
At NTC we offer both First Aid and Paediatric First Aid courses.
The Level 3 First Aid at Work certificate is a 3- day course for individuals who want to act as a First Aider in the workplace. Successful candidates learn how to manage a range of injuries and illnesses that could occur at work and will be equipped with the essential skills needed to give emergency first aid.
This course will ensure that employers fulfill their legal responsibilities to provide first aid training, without having to undertake any lengthy due diligence checks.
Illnesses and conditions covered include managing an unresponsive casualty and managing wounds and bleeding, as well as numerous others.
We also offer a 1 day (Level 3) Emergency Paediatric First Aid course as well as a 2-day (Level 3) Paediatric First Aid course.
For those who work in settings where it’s necessary to have both First Aiders and Paediatric First Aiders, we offer a combined First Aid course. This level 3, specially designed 3- day course equips attendees with the skills required to manage both adult and paediatric emergencies whilst minimising the number of days spent training.
Certificates for the above courses are valid for 3 years.
For full details of all First Aid courses and to book please visit: https://www.alls.co.uk/training/courses/first-aid/