Most Businesses are not legally obligated to provide staff with onsite Health and Safety training. However, nationwide promotion of wellness in the workplace, more and more companies are beginning to offer First Aid training to staff. In light of this, we explore the benefits of making First Aid training a requirement in the workplace.
First and foremost, introducing an ‘in-house’ First Aid Training Program has its possible benefits:
- All employees become more safety aware, helping bring down the number of accidents;
- First Aid saves lives, mainly where there are grave injuries, and immediate action must be taken;
- First Aid training does not have to take a long time; some managed training courses are only a few hours long;
- First Aid trainees know exactly what’s in their first aid kits, how to use the contents and the various ways to react in an emergency;
- The training gives employees critical knowledge and the confidence to effectively manage an emergency without fear or confusion;
- Employees learn how to give injections, use painkillers, bandage injuries, and control blood flow.
Tailored to the Industry
First Aid programs are widely available and supported on many levels. However, ‘in-house’ first-aid plans allow the company to tailor the program to suit their place of work and their financial capabilities. As well as that, onsite first-aid programs can be incorporated into the company’s overall risk management strategy, reducing the need for a massive overhaul of current policy.
The problem with an outside First Aid program is that they are generally a ‘one size fits all’ process. With ‘in-house’ first-aid programs, you can determine the learning criteria, based on the requirements of the workplace. For example, First-Aid training for a large office will differ from a first-aid program designed for a construction agency. In-house training allows the company to specify what areas need to be covered and apply the learning to simulated scenarios that could occur in the workplace.
Cost is often a primary concern of companies in introducing in-house training. Upfront costs include considering the right provider and the exact number of sessions that should be delivered, as well as the number of participating employees.
At first glance, it may sound like there’s a lot to consider in terms of the company’s budget. However, the costs of first-aid training are usually offset by the economic effects of reduced workplace injuries and lowering accident potential.
Providing First Aid training doesn’t cost a lot of money; however, workplace accidents do. By introducing an in-house plan tailored to meet the demands of your workplace, you can sure up your company’s risk management plan and ultimately ensure the safety of those connected with your business.
If you are considering introducing an ‘in-house’ First Aid Training plan, contact us directly for advice on how to do so.