First aid for Business
Which training is right for you?
Every business is different and will require different needs.
So, there are a few things to consider before you decide of which first aid course is right for you.
Questions to start with are:
- Is your business high risk or low risk?
Low risk environments are considered those with low-level hazards. Offices and shops are often given as an example
High risk environments are those with higher level hazards. For example, those working with chemicals or heavy plant machinery.
High risk business will need more first aiders and additional training to cover the potential illness and injuries.
- How many people are employed by your organisation?
The greater the number of people, the greater the number of first aiders are required. Check out this HSE Guidance for the number of people vs number of first aiders.
- Are there young, inexperienced employees or those with specific disabilities or health problems?
First aiders may need greater levels of training to handle these requirements. Specific training to handle illness and injury as a result of disabilities and health conditions may be required.
- Do your accident reports suggest a pattern?
Specialised first aid may be needed to treat frequent injuries. Also, consider whether training (such as health and safety training) can help reduce the numbers of these injuries.
- Do employees work in shifts?
Ensure there is always a first aider present on each shift pattern. You’ll also need cover for annual leave and any absences.