Today I am going to talk about First Aid Arrangements in the workplace.

It is a minimum requirement for all low-risk workplace such as a small office to have a first-aid box and an appointed person to take charge of first-aid arrangements, such as calling the emergency services.

Employers must also provide information about first-aid arrangements to their employees on induction to the company.

If your workplace has more significant health and safety risks it is more likely that the need will be for a trained first-aider.

A first-aid needs assessment will help employers decide what first aid arrangements are appropriate for their workplace.

It is not compulsory for employers to purchase Defibrillators AEDs to comply with the Health and Safety (First-Aid) regulations. However, if your needs assessment identifies an AED need then we recommend your staff should be fully trained in its use.

First aid – what as an employer do you need to do?

As a legal duty employers must provide adequate first aid equipment, facilities and personnel in case of any emergency.

We always recommend that all companies have as many of their staff trained in first aid as possible. Please do also take into consideration that staff can be on holiday or off sick.

If you are on an a budget, think about particular groups that work together, and train a select few. Just make sure you always have a first aider present.

What steps should you take to prevent injury from manual handling?

Incorrect manual handling is one of the most common injuries at work.

We advise that all employees undertake manual handling training. The training will teach the individual to adopt correct lifting methods to reduce the risk of injury.

Training on its own cannot overcome injury so always encourage staff to put into practice what they have learned.

Here at Craven Safety Services we provide online training which can be done anytime from your own premises. If this sounds like something of interest, then please contact us.

Not many employers know that you legally have to undertake a risk assessment on pregnant employees.

Let me outline three mains areas to be considered when carrying out the assessment.

Firstly, physical agents, where you will need to consider the activity undertaken by the worker. This includes things like manual handling, movement and even radiation.

Next you need to consider any chemical agents the worker may be exposed to. This would range from toxic chemicals to pesticides.

The next main thing to consider is the working conditions, taking into account the pregnant worker’s surroundings and changing requirements, for example easier access to toilet facilities and sitting for long periods.

These are just a few of the main elements to consider when doing your risk assessment. There are many risks to consider and each environment is different. So if you need any advice then give us a call.