When it Comes to First Aid, Knowledge is Key

Posted by admin on February 28, 2013 at 11:08 am. Filed under: Medical Training

We all know the importance of being prepared, particularly when it comes to business, and one of the most vital areas of consideration will be the health and safety of your employees. First aid should be at the top of the agenda, but as with so many things in life knowledge is key.

Develop an understanding

As an employer you need to make sure you understand your wider obligations, and that means thoroughly perusing (and taking on board) all applicable health and safety legislation is vital. It’s important you’re able to meet your legal requirements but you want to make sure you’re putting the care of your employees first too, and unless you know the basic rules and regulations you’ll never be quite sure that you’re doing the right thing. Developing an understanding is vital, but remember that it’s important for your employees to understand their own obligations too.

Yes, you’re ultimately responsible for the health of your workers but a bit of knowledge and common sense can go a long way, and they need to be aware of the first aid procedures in place as well as the steps they can take to reduce risk to themselves and their colleagues as much as possible. It’s all about working together to ensure you provide a safe, productive and enjoyable place in which to work, and if everyone understands the basics of first aid provision (and health and safety in general) you’ll be one step closer to achieving that.

Get suitable training

Training will of course be a core part of ensuring everyone has suitable knowledge, but the type of training required will depend on a whole range of different aspects from the size of your business to the industry you operate in. But, one of the most important points you need to bear in mind is that your appointed person should always have the required level of training—there needs to be at least one member of staff who’s been on appropriate first aid courses, thereby ensuring you’re meeting your legal requirements whilst improving the safety of your workplace in the process. You don’t have to stop there though—just about every employee could benefit from a basic overview in first aid, with health and safety awareness often being a core part of any new starter’s training package.

Find the supplies you need

But, knowledge of the medical supplies you’ll need will be just as important. Whilst there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to equipment it’s important to be prepared, and if you’re looking for the supplies to suit you’ve come to the right place. We can give you access to all the equipment you could need from basic kits to IV supplies, and we can even provide medical textbooks should you want more specific understanding. They say that knowledge is power, so make sure you have a thorough overview of first aid and you can be confident in doing the best you can for your business.

 

Be Prepared with the Right Medical Kits

Posted by admin on February 21, 2013 at 11:05 am. Filed under: Medical Equipment

In business you always need to be prepared, and that’s never truer than in relation to health and safety. You want to take a proactive approach which not only means you need to undertake regular risk assessments but that you’ll need suitable first aid and medical equipment to-hand as well, thereby ensuring that your employees are as safe as possible when carrying out their duties. But, sometimes diving straight in isn’t enough—you need to make sure you’ve got the right kind of kit to suit your environment, because being prepared can make all the difference to the overall safety of your workplace.

What should my first aid kit include?

You might think that there are legal requirements when it comes to what to include in a kit, but actually, you’d be wrong. There are always guidelines that need to be followed but no legal minimum, and it essentially comes down to the kind of environment you operate in—you’ll want to carry out a risk assessment to identify the type of hazards present in your workplace, and in doing so you’ll be able to determine the type of equipment you’ll need. An office environment with less than 10 employees might only need a basic first aid kit whereas a warehouse that operates dangerous machinery will need a larger, more comprehensive kit as well as plenty of additional supplies for emergency situations, so it all comes down to individual requirements.

But, we did say that you’d be able to follow guidelines, so here are a few basic supplies that any first aid kit needs to have:

•    Sterile plasters (you might want to include hypoallergenic versions as well)
•    Sterile eye pads
•    Bandages, tape and supports
•    Sterile wound dressings of various sizes
•    Safety pins
•    Disposable gloves
•    Cleansing wipes
•    Scissors
•    Heat retaining blankets
•    A leaflet providing general guidance on first aid.

Going on from that you might want to consider the likes of painkillers, antiseptic creams, sutures and eye wash, and always make sure you monitor the use of your kits and re-stock as and when necessary.

Less is never more

It’s vital to stay prepared, and that means the “less is more” concept certainly doesn’t ring true in this sense. You wouldn’t want to put the health of your workers in jeopardy and nor would you want to find yourself facing negligence claims if you failed to provide the necessary equipment, so never skimp when it comes to first aid.

A basic kit might be all that’s necessary but you might find that several dotted around the premises could be a wise investment, and you might want to go on from that to seek more comprehensive pieces of kit such as oxygen masks and transport chairs, for example. You wouldn’t want to be facing an emergency situation only to discover you didn’t have the necessary provisions so it makes sense to be prepared, and just take a look around if you want to have the kits you need to leave you (and your business) ready for anything.

 

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