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The Benefits of Having First Aiders in the Workplace
As you can probably guess, I’m a fan of having lots of people in your workplace trained as First Aiders. Today’s blog post is about why I think you should be too.
I’m not talking about meeting the requirements of your Needs Assessment here, I’m talking about giving anyone and everyone in your company the opportunity to be trained as a First Aider. Whilst the cost of this can seem like a huge barrier, there’s a difference between training people as First Aiders and qualifying them as such. A 1-day First Aid qualification for a single member of staff is likely to set you back (depending on your provider) somewhere between £60 and £120. If you qualify more people, you can reduce the cost per person by getting a local training provider to train at your place of work. You often can, however, get that same training provider to run a 3-hour First Aid workshop for other members of staff to give them some basic First Aid knowledge and awareness.
Because the provider won’t have to pay out for regulated certification, process paperwork or provide manuals for this training, they can deliver a very cost-effective session.
Benefits of including more people in First Aid training include a happier, more secure-feeling workforce, which helps lead to better efficiency at work and better employee retention. You’ll also be delivering valid life skills to your employees which can help and support them in their lives away from work.
Extra First Aid training helps support your First Aiders as well. If you only have a couple of people who are First Aiders, then you’re potentially entrusting everyone else’s lives to those people. First Aiders are like everyone else – they’re fallible, they have bad days and sometimes they’re just not as good at their job as we think they should be. Couple that with the fact that they may only get 6 hours of training every 3 years and very little practice at the “serious” stuff and you’re starting to look very underprepared should the worst ever happen to one of your employees. By having many more people at least familiar with First Aid, you’ve created a team that can help, support and back each other when the smelly stuff hits the fan.
Take care and check for danger,