Most Businesses are not legally obliged to provide staff with on-site Health and Safety training. However, with incoming Health Care Reform and nationwide promotion of wellness in the workplace, more and more companies are beginning to offer First Aid training to staff. In light of this, we explore the benefits of making First Aid training a requirement in the workplace.
First and foremost, introducing an ‘in-house’ First Aid Training Scheme has its practical benefits:
- All employees become more safety aware, helping bring down the number of accidents;
- First Aid saves lives, particularly where there are grave injuries and it is critical that immediate action is taken;
- First Aid training does not have to take a long time, some managed training courses are only a few hours long;
- First Aid trainees know exactly what’s in their first aid kits, how to use the contents and the various ways to react in an emergency;
- The training gives employees critical knowledge and the confidence to effectively manage an emergency without fear or confusion;
- They learn how to give injections, use painkillers, bandage injuries and control blood flow.
Tailored to the Industry
While outside First Aid programmes are widely available and supported on many fronts, ‘in-house’ first-aid programmes allow the company to tailor the scheme to suit their place of work and their financial capabilities. As well as that, on-site first-aid programmes can be incorporated into the company’s overall risk management strategy, reducing the need for a massive overhaul of current policy.
The problem with outsider First Aid programs is that they are generally run as a ‘one size fits all’ process. With ‘in-house’ first-aid programs, you can determine the learning criteria, based on the requirements of the workplace. For example, First-Aid training for a large office will differ from a first-aid programme designed for a construction agency. In-house training allows the company to specify what areas need to be covered and apply the learning to simulated scenarios that could occur in the workplace.
The main concern of companies in terms of the cost of introducing in-house training is considering the right provider and the exact number of sessions they should deliver, as well as the number of participating employees.
At first glance, it may sound like there’s a lot to consider in terms of the company’s budget. However, once you take into account the financial effects of workplace injuries, reducing accident severity and potential through first aid training can save a company quite a bit of money in the long term.
It is hugely important to consider Employee morale in the overall business process, no matter what industry you operate in. At the end of the day results will depend on the efforts of your staff and if morale is low, the work is going to suffer.
By providing onsite First Aid training you can demonstrate how you care for the welfare of your employees and show them how they are valued in the workplace.
Providing First Aid training doesn’t cost Businesses a lot of money, however, workplace accidents do. By introducing an in-house scheme tailored to meet the demands of your workplace, you can sure up your company’s risk management plan and ultimately ensure the safety of those connected with the business.
If you are considering introducing an ‘in-house’ First Aid Training scheme, contact us directly for advice on how to do so.