by Heather

October 7, 2010

For a variety of reasons, having first aiders in the workplace is crucial. Not least because it’s a legal requirement to have minimum first aid provision in any workplace at all times. So unless your staff work 24/7/365 days of the year, you are likely to need at least 2 or 3 first aiders.

So what are some of the other important reasons for having trained first aiders in your workplace?

Saving Lives

First, and most importantly, first aiders are equipped with the skills to save a life, or at the very least to help someone feel better, which is no mean achievement.

Keeping calm

Being able to keep calm and remain focused in an emergency is a key skill learned by first aiders, that is also useful in a variety of situations; not just those relating to accidents and illness.

Confidence building

Being a first aider assists in developing an employee’s confidence, which can increase effectiveness at work.

Showing that you care

Having adequate numbers of staff trained in first aid demonstrates that you care for your workforce. This has a positive impact on your team which should reduce your share of the 30 million workdays that are lost through workplace injury and illness.

For Friends and Family

Finally, you never know when you are likely to need a first aider. Research has shown that you are more likely to perform first aid on someone you know, so it’s good to know that people around you have those skills.

If you would like to discuss your first aid requirements in depth or arrange some training, please call us on 01234 308740 or email us on info@hts-training.co.uk.  Alternatively you can now book online.

About the author 

Heather

Heather is co-owner and Director of Training of HTS Training Ltd - the specialist first aid training providers. She has been a registered nurse for over 25 years, and has been training first aid commercially for more than 15 years.

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