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.