Tomorrow (12 September) is World First Aid Day, here’s a thought you are most likely to perform first aid on someone you know. For most full time employees, who spend on average eight hours a day in the company of their work colleagues, there is a high chance that you will use first aid on a workmate. However, once acquired, first aid knowledge is something that you carry with you at all times, at home and at leisure.
By equipping your staff with skills that could possibly save a life, you are not only investing in a safe and healthy workforce, but are also contributing to a local community that is able to react to emergency situations.
World First Aid Day is the perfect opportunity to organise a training event for your workplace. Training as a group can mean that employees feel more comfortable as they are surrounded by familiar faces, making the learning environment fun and facilitating learning. We will send a trainer to you so that you don’t have to travel.
slips, trips and falls
Slips trips and falls were the most common cause of injuries in the work place accounting for 56%. With the Great British weather so variable and showing no signs of easing off it’s more important than ever to ensure you know how to deal with these incidents.
Sprains and strains happen when the soft tissues are over-stretched. Following the RICE procedure will help to relieve the symptoms.
- R: Rest the injured part. Help the casualty to sit or lie down and support the injured limb in a comfortable position.
- I: Ice or a cold pack should be applied to reduce the swelling.
- C: Comfortable support for the injury. You can leave a cold compress in place and secure it with a support bandage.
- E: Elevate. Support the injured limb in a raised position to help minimise bruising and swelling.
If you are in any doubt about how serious the injury is, you should seek medical attention.
This and many other first aid skills are included in our first aid at work course book now