Benefits of First Aid Training in the Workplace
Published: July 21, 2020 | Last Updated: May 30, 2023
What is First Aid and Why is it Useful to be Trained in it?
First aid is, in simple terms, immediate emergency care given to a person who is injured or unwell, before medical assistance arrives on the scene. The aims of first aid can be broken down into the following categories:
- Preserve life - in other words, to prevent the casualty from dying
- Aid recovery - to provide physical and emotional support
- Managing the incident - to prevent situations from worsening, by treating injuries and illnesses
The majority of first aid incidents are relatively minor, such as cuts, burns and bruises. These are quite common in workplaces sectors like hospitality, healthcare and education. However, what about the more significant incidents, where a first aid kit simply won’t be enough? These larger-scale incidents may happen less often, but if/when they do, your workplace will need to ensure that you are thoroughly prepared for when situations arise.
Although your workplace may be ‘low-risk’, sometimes it’s just not sufficient to have a first aid box on site. What if there is a situation which requires emergency first aid to treat trauma injuries? We will explore why it is important to ensure thorough first aid training is given to personnel within your workplace.
First Aid at Work
It’s a legal requirement for a business to ensure their employees are protected and receive immediate attention when an accident happens.
While some workplaces, like offices, might seem like safe places, there are numerous risks that you may be unaware of. First aid scenarios and accidents can occur at any time, and when they inevitably do, who in the office will be able to help?
By attending a structured first aid course, such as ATR’s First Aid at Work or Emergency First Aid at Work course, you will be taught valuable techniques, strategies and thought processes to help casualties. You’ll be trained how to administer first aid to people who are choking, in shock, bleeding or unconscious, as well as how to deliver CPR, and how to use first aid equipment properly. You’ll also be given extensive training on how to assess situations and circumstances, and how to act safely and proactively in an emergency.
At the end of the course, you’ll also be rewarded recognised first aid qualifications. Following that, by attending a first aid refresher course, you’ll keep that qualification valid.
Below are a few other practical reasons why you should consider standard or emergency first aid training for your staff.
Advantages of First Aid Training
First aid training saves lives
It is one of the most self-explanatory benefits of first aid; it has been proven to save individuals from dying. Undergoing in-depth CPR training will prepare you for a situation where you may need to step in and help save a life.
Reduces repeat accidents
First aid training courses help delegates learn to be more safety-conscious, which can, by extension, help to prevent the same types of accidents happening. Minimising risk and reducing incidents is all down to employees becoming more aware of safe practices.
Increases confidence and safety
Learning first aid and emergency procedures won’t just give employees the skills to administer first aid correctly. It will also give them an improved sense of confidence and awareness of how to manage an emergency effectively.
People know how to use a first aid kit properly
How many employees can currently detail what’s in a first aid bag, and how to use the equipment properly? By enrolling in first aid courses, they will know exactly what should be in the kit, as well as how to maintain it properly, and use them proactively.
Keeps employees safe outside of work
First aid skills that are taught to delegates won’t just help them at work. They will hold onto those skills for life, mainly if they attend the First Aid at Work refresher course.
It’s great for company morale and team-building
By learning a co-operative skill that helps employees look out for each other, it can bring them closer together.
A first aid course cost is nothing, compared to the cost and damage caused by the loss of a loved one. It will go a long way in ensuring long-term health and safety in the workplace.
ATR First Aid Training Courses
Get in touch with ATR to find out more.