You have got all the information, NOW what?
You have now completed your first aid assessment and you have a good understanding of what your business does, what hazards you could potentially have and you are aware of any accidents that have occurred in the past. So with this information, you will now have to decide at what level of training your first aid team will need and how many first aiders you will require whilst your site is open for business.
When deciding on how many first aiders you require for your business to be first aid compliant you should have a few more first aiders than what you actually need to cover holidays, sickness, absenteeism, and people leaving the company and this causes lots of confusion because businesses always go with the bare minimum and then come unstuck and may mean that they are not compliant.
On completion of the first aid needs assessment and your findings you may decide that the workplace only employs 2-3 people so all is needed is an ‘appointed person’ who will check the first aid box on a regular basis and also call the emergency services if they are required.
If having first aid staff is a requirement then your first aid needs assessment will you decide on what level of first aid training your staff will require to meet the needs of your business requirements.
Workplace first aid comes in 2 levels of training and they are;
Emergency First Aid at Work is ideal for low risk workplaces such as small offices, small shops, or a workshop having only a handful of staff members.
First Aid at Work is ideal for higher risk workplaces such as factories, engineering works, construction sites or if you employ a high number of staff members in a low risk workplace.
First aid needs assessment is a requirement for all businesses that employ members of staff and by law, you have to do an assessment to ensure you have adequate provision of first aid equipment and if required first aid trained staff too. Once an assessment has been completed and implemented it needs to be revisited throughout the year to ensure its still fit for purpose and amended if need be.
No business owner wants an accident on their site so by having adequate first aid resources and first aid staff members trained to the required level a business owner will know if a first aid incident did occur then they have the first aiders and resources to deal with the first aid emergency till the emergency services if required arrive on scene.