First Aid Training is an Important Part of Health and Safety Training
Why is first aid training important?
Even after performing extensive risk assessments, having appropriate safety controls and receiving all the health and safety training in the world, accidents in the workplace will still happen. No amount of training or precautions can absolutely guarantee that accidents won't occur; they can only reduce the chances. All places of work contain dangers, whether it be hazardous substances, electrical dangers, moving objects etc. As a result, first aid provisions are essential, and in most countries will be a legal requirement.
In the UK, The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 requires employers to provide adequate equipment, facilities and personnel in order to provide first aid to those who become ill or injured at work. The level of provision they must make is dependant on various factors such as the number of employees and the nature of the business. A large, high-risk workplace such as a large construction site will need a number of trained first-aiders as well as dedicated first-aid areas, but as a bare minimum a small company will need a well-stocked first aid box and to appoint a person to take charge of first aid arrangements.
Many companies will go above the minimum legal requirements for first aid training, sometimes including basic first aid courses as part of their overall programme of health and safety training for employees. Having a healthy and happy workforce has many advantages for a business including increased staff motivation, along with lower levels of absenteeism and expensive compensation claims from injured workers.